Cairo, May 26 (AP) Senior officials say Egyptian fighter jets have struck militant bases in eastern Libya in retaliation for an attack by suspected Islamic State militants that killed 28 Christians south of Cairo.

The officials said the warplanes today targeted the headquarters of the Shura Council in the city of Darna, where local militias are known to be linked to al-Qaida, not the Islamic State group.

The officials spoke shortly after President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in a televised address that Egypt will strike bases where militants who wage attacks in Egypt are trained, no matter where they are.

El-Sissi also directly appealed to President Trump to lead the global war against terror.

Egypt’s president says his country has struck bases in which militants who waged a deadly attack against Christians have been trained, but gave no details.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says Egypt will strike at any bases that train militants who wage attacks in Egypt, wherever they may be. He also directly appealed to President Trump to take the lead in the fight against global terror.

In a televised address just hours after at least 28 Christians were killed by suspected militants south of Cairo, el-Sissi said “I direct my appeal to President Trump: I trust you, your word and your ability to make fighting global terror your primary task.”

He also repeated calls that countries which finance, train or arm extremists be punished. (AP) CPS

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.