Egypt in air strike on suspected weapons traffickers
CAIRO - The Egyptian air force said Thursday it destroyed a convoy of 10 all-terrain vehicles in the country's western desert suspected of smuggling weapons from Libya.
The raid was carried out on Wednesday on the basis of information that "criminal elements were preparing to infiltrate" Egypt, said army spokesman Colonel Tamer el-Refai in a statement.
The officer said that the vehicles were attacked once they entered Egyptian territory, but he did not specify the fate of those in the convoy.
Egypt, which has struck jihadist targets inside Libya, regularly warns of a spillover of instability from its lawless western neighbour, a haven of arms and people trafficking.
The country has been battling an insurgency of its own since the military's ouster in 2013 of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Jihadists have killed hundreds of members of Egypt's security forces, while more than 100 Copts have died in church bombings since December.