Main suspect in soldiers’ kidnapping killed in Sinai, along with niece

A 16-year-old girl was killed in a security raid in North Sinai on Sunday, along with her uncle — who was the main suspect in the kidnapping of seven Egyptian soldiers last year, security sources said, according to state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper.

In May 2013, seven soldiers were kidnapped for six days before the military secured their release. It is not clear whether they were released because their captors demands were met or not. Al-Ahram reports that there was a deal with the military for the soldiers’ freedom in return for the release of the captors’ family members.

Security sources reported a crack down by the Armed Forces and police on the Masaid district of Arish after they received information that “terrorists” were hiding in the area. Among those killed in the offensive was Fayez Abdallah Hamdan Abu Shita, who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping.

According to the state-owned Middle East News Agency, four others were killed in the security operation. 

Three central security officers were injured in the exchange of fire, according to Al-Ahram.

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