Egypt says destroyed arms convoy crossing from Libya

2017-10-23 20:27
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Cairo - Egypt's military says it has destroyed eight vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunition and explosives, and killed militants in the western desert, after they crossed borders with neighbouring Libya.

The air attack comes a few days after authorities officially announced that at least 16 policemen were killed in a brazen ambush by militants in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area, about 135km southwest of Cairo.

Military spokesperson Col. Tamer el-Rifai said in a statement on Monday that airstrikes destroyed eight vehicles and killed suspected militants, without elaborating.

Friday's attack took place near Egypt's vast western desert, where a previous series of attacks were blamed on Islamic militants pouring in from Libya.

Egypt has long contended that weapons smuggled across the porous desert border with Libya have reached militants operating on its soil.

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