Egyptian Air Force
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Egypt's Air Force aircraft killed on Saturday more than 40 terrorists affiliated with Daesh extremist group in the north of Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt's Air Force aircraft attacked on Saturday a group of militants affiliated with Islamic State (ISIL, or Daesh in the Arab world) extremist group in the north of Sinai Peninsula, killing more than 40 terrorists, local media reported, citing sources in the country's army.

Moreover, 15 extremists from the Wilayat Sinai (Sinai Province) militant group got injuries, the Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper said.

Attack helicopters, warplanes and ground forces took part in the large scale military operation, according to the daily.

Egypt is fighting a jihadist insurgency in Sinai since the army, led by President Abdel Fattah Sisi, overthrew the then Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, Wilayat Sinai changed the name and pledged its allegiance to Daesh, outlawed in a number of countries, including Russia, in November 2014.