SUEZ, Egypt (AP) — A top Egyptian military commander says his forces have seized at least 10 anti-aircraft missiles during an offensive against Islamic militant hideouts in the Sinai Peninsula.
Gen. Osama Askar, commander of the 3rd Army, told reporters on Sunday that the shoulder-fired SAM-7 missiles were found in a mosque and in homes of suspected militants in the southern part of Sheikh Zuweyid town, near the border with the Gaza Strip and Israel.
Western officials have said that thousands of shoulder-launched missiles went missing from Libyan arsenals during and after the country's 2011 civil war.
Egyptian authorities have said that Libyan missiles have been smuggled into the Sinai, and some of those have gone on through underground tunnels to the Gaza Strip.
The Sinai militants are believed to include several al-Qaida-inspired groups.