Egypt destroys convoy of suspected traffickers

Cairo - The Egyptian air force said  on Thursday that it had destroyed a convoy of 10 all-terrain vehicles in the country's western desert suspected of smuggling weapons from Libya.

The raid was carried out on the basis of information that "criminal elements were preparing to infiltrate" Egypt, said army spokesperson Colonel Tamer el-Refai in a statement.

The officer said that the vehicles were attacked once they entered Egyptian territory, but he did not specify the fate of those in the convoy.

Egypt, which has struck jihadist targets inside Libya, regularly warns of a spillover of instability from its lawless western neighbour, a haven of arms and people trafficking.

The country has been battling an insurgency of its own since the military' ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Jihadists have killed hundreds of members of Egypt's security forces, while more than 100 Copts have died in church bombings since December.

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