Egypt's Sisi tells military chief to secure Sinai in three months

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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 4:11 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday ordered his military command to use all force necessary to secure the Sinai peninsula within the next three months following a militant attack on a mosque that killed more than 300 people.

"It is your responsibility to secure and stabilize Sinai within the next three months," Sisi said addressing his new chief of staff in a speech, without giving details on any operations. "You can use all brute force necessary."

No group has claimed responsibility for Friday's mosque attack, but Egyptian forces have been battling a stubborn Islamic State affiliate in the North Sinai for more than three years and militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers.

(Reporting by Ali Abdelaty; writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Toby Chopra)