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In recent days, the Egyptian military has claimed to have killed some 20 Islamist militants in operations in North Sinai. The army said security forces destroyed four smuggling tunnels and explosives in the Rafah area. Unidentified assailants fired three rockets toward a security post in Sheikh Zuweid. Separately, the headquarters of the military prosecutor in el Arish was targeted by gunmen. Leaflets threatening those collaborating with Egypt's army were reportedly being distributed in North Sinai.
The army said security forces foiled a pair of car bomb plots in North Sinai by Ansar Jerusalem, and that forces had killed seven terrorists, including one involved in the August 2012 attack in Rafah. The car of a senior prosecutor was blown up in the city of Minya.
After firing at security forces in North Sinai, three terrorists were killed in clashes. The army used Apache helicopters to bomb sites linked to terrorists in North Sinai. The army claimed to have killed two terrorists in the bombings, though security officials said eight were killed, including a senior Ansar Jerusalem member. Authorities levied formal charges of terrorism against 20 al Jazeera journalists, including a number of Western nationals. Authorities arrested four people tied to last week's attack in Beni Suef that killed five policemen. An Egyptian policeman was killed by gunmen in Sharkiya.
Former president Mohammed Morsi went to court for his trial related to a January 2011 jail break. An Egyptian general in the Interior Ministry was shot dead outside his home in Cairo. In a separate attack in Cairo, at least one policeman was killed and two others wounded when gunmen opened fire on a church. One of the gunmen was reportedly caught after the attack. Police arrested a man suspected of manufacturing explosives in the Cairo area.
Unidentified gunmen shot at cars passing along a highway in the Nasr City area. Army chief Abdel Fatah el Sisi is expected to soon announce plans to run in presidential elections, a move supported by the military. Authorities reportedly destroyed 11 smuggling tunnels along the border with Gaza.
Ansar Jerusalem released video of its SAM attack on an Egyptian military helicopter in North Sinai. Unidentified gunmen ambushed a bus transporting soldiers in North Sinai and killed at least three. An American citizen recently detained by Egyptian authorities was released.
At least 25 people were killed in clashes on the third anniversary of the uprising against the Mubarak regime. An explosion was heard near a police building in the city of Suez; some reports suggested a car bomb was the cause. The army said a helicopter operating in North Sinai had crashed, while local residents suggested the helicopter had been "gunned down." Medics said five people were killed in the incident. In a new audio statement, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri said Egyptian Muslims should not fight Christians in Egypt, but should focus on "confronting the Americanized coup." In North Sinai, a power station was targeted by unidentified assailants with an RPG.