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Egyptian security operation kills 17 militants

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Cairo: An Egyptian military official said on Thursday that at least 17 militants were killed and 62 more suspects have been arrested in a massive operation launched in the restive North Sinai province

“The forces also defused 53 explosive devices, burnt down 42 huts and dens of the terrorists, destroyed 16 vehicles and 13 motorbikes without plates, and ruined seven warehouses belonging to terrorist elements,” Xinhua quoted Brigadier-General Mohamed Samir as saying.

The security operation, which reached its 11th day on Thursday, left hundreds of militants killed and a similar number of suspects arrested.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Possible Lion Mummy Unearthed in Egypt

Archeologists frequently find mummified cats but the recovery of a lion is rare

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The golden coffin that once held the mummy of Nedjemankh, a priest in the Ptolemaic Period some 2,000 years ago, is displayed at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, in Old Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 1, 2019. VOA

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities says local archeologists have unearthed the mummy of an unusually large animal, most likely a lion or lioness.

The ministry said on Monday the mummy was excavated in Saqqara, a town south of Cairo that was a vast necropolis in antiquity and is home to the famed Step Pyramid.

Archeologists frequently find mummified cats but the recovery of a lion is rare. In 2004, the first lion skeleton was found, revealing the sacred status of the animal during ancient times.

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The ministry said on Monday the mummy was excavated in Saqqara, a town south of Cairo that was a vast necropolis in antiquity and is home to the famed Step Pyramid. Pixabay

The ministry says it will expand on the discovery at a press conference after running radar scans.

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Egypt has stepped up promotion of its archeological treasures in hopes of reviving a tourism sector slow to recover from the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (VOA)

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