Egyptian military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir says the military has pursued and killed two "terrorist elements" and injured another in northern Sinai, where Egyptian forces are battling an insurgency by a local Islamic State affiliate.

The military spokesman says in a Sunday statement on his official Facebook page that security forces chased two militants as they fled on a motorcycle, killing one and injuring another in the provincial capital of el-Arish. In another incident, military forces pursued a third militant near Mount Halal, leading to his death amid a gunfight.

A Russian airliner crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Oct. 31, killing all 224 people on board. Russia has said the crash was caused by an onboard bomb, which the local IS affiliate in northern Sinai claims it planted.