Human rights group Amnesty International has urged Egypt to better protect its Coptic minority. The number of attacks on the country's indigenous Christians has recently skyrocketed amid the broader political turmoil.
The operation targets militants in the North Sinai province, which has borne the brunt of the extremist violence. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi asked the military to "use all necessary force" to end jihadi attacks.
At least nine people have been killed in attacks on a church and a store in Cairo. Islamist militants have increasingly targeted the Coptic Christian community.
Crisis management, Catholic style: During his visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh, Pope Francis will make a stand against the political abuse of religion. It's an extremely delicate mission, says DW's Astrid Prange.
The three militant deaths come after a gunman shot dead nine people, including six Coptic Christians and a policeman. Police said the suspected attacker, Ibrahim Ismail, had been involved in previous deadly attacks.
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