Seven Islamist militants have been killed in an air raid in Egypt's restive Sinai peninsula, the country's armed forces said Thursday, dpa reported.
The seven died in "a strike by the air force on two houses belonging to highly dangerous takfiri [Islamist extremist] elements loyal to the terrorist [Muslim] Brotherhood organization south of Sheikh Zuwaid on Wednesday morning", military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali wrote on his official Facebook page.
Militant attacks in Sinai have increased in intensity and have spread to mainland Egypt since the deposition by the military of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
Many of the attacks, including recent bombings in Cairo and the assassination on Tuesday of a senior security official, have been claimed by a radical group called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.
The authorities have blamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood for the attacks, and have designated it a terrorist organization.
The Brotherhood, for its part, has condemned the attacks and occasionally suggested that they are orchestrated by the security forces.