The Egyptian army on Monday announced it had killed an armed militant -- while arresting 18 others -- in the volatile Sinai Peninsula.
In a statement, army spokesman Tamer Refai said army forces had eliminated a Takfiri [extremist] leader in central Sinai and arrested 18 of his companions.
Several militant hideouts, including a number of fuel depots, were destroyed in the same operation, Refai added.
The spokesman's assertions, however, have yet to be independently verified.
Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a deadly militant insurgency since Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, was ousted and imprisoned in a 2013 military coup.
Source: Anadolu Agency