An Egyptian military aircraft crashed near the Libyan border while on a mission against Islamist militants on Thursday, killing four people and injuring another two, the military said.
A statement on Friday said the crash in the Mediterranean coastal town of Marsa Matrouh was due to a `technical fault’. It did not make it clear whether all the dead and injured were aboard the aircraft.
The Egyptian Army and Air Force were conducting a joint operation against militants in the border area and destroyed four of their vehicles, a military spokesman said.
Security officials say militants operating from Libya to the west of Egypt have been trying to forge ties with Islamists in the Sinai on the east side of the country.
Sinai Province, Egypt’s most active jihadist group, swore allegiance in 2014 to Islamic State (IS), the ultra-radical Sunni militant group that has seized expanses of Iraq and Syria, drawing U.S.-led air strikes.
Egyptian jets bombed IS targets in Libya in February, a day after the group there released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians, drawing Cairo directly into factional conflict across its border. (Reuters/NAN)
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