Egyptian tribes pledge to battle Islamist militant groups

11 May 2015 - 11:33 By REUTERS

Egyptian tribes have vowed to put an end to militant groups operating in their areas. Thirty Egyptian tribes based in the Sinai said on Sunday they would confront militant groups including an Islamic State affiliate that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police, in a boost to Egypt's efforts to improve security.The Sinai Tribal Federation said in a statement that it had held its first meeting on Sunday to discuss ways to tackle militants seeking to topple the U.S.-backed Cairo government.

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