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Militants blast natural gas pipeline in Sinai

Suspected militants blow up pipeline taking gas to Jordan in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, no injuries reported

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Feb 2014
Flames rise over the al-Sabil natural gas terminal after an explosion near the town of El-Arish, Egypt, 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the border with Israel, April 27, 2011 (Photo: AP)
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Suspected militants have blown up a gas pipeline carrying gas to Jordan and an industrial area in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, security officials said.

The blast late on Tuesday, the fifth such attack this year, occurred in Lahfen, south of the coastal town of Al-Arish, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The assailants reportedly planted a bomb near the pipeline and detonated it remotely.

There were no immediate reports of casualties and security forces are scanning the area for suspects, security sources said.

The flow of gas along the pipeline was halted to control a fire that sent sheets of flames rising into the sky, said an Al-Ahram reporter, adding that ambulances had rushed to the scene.

The blast carries the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda-inspired militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, which has claimed well over a dozen attacks on Sinai pipelines since the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The group has also claimed most of the deadly terror attacks targeting police in Cairo and Nile Delta in recent months.

Two weeks ago, militants blew up a pipeline feeding an industrial zone in central Sinai.

Attacks on pipelines over the past three years have repeatedly forced a halt to Egypt's gas exports to Israel and Jordan.

Egypt stopped supplying gas to Israel in April 2012, citing business disputes.

Egypt's army is waging a broad campaign to crush an Islamist insurgency in the volatile peninsula that has spiked since the army, prompted by mass protests, deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Dozens of police and soldiers have been killed in bombings and shootings, and the army has killed dozens of militant suspects in air and ground offensives this year.

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Amoon, Suez
26-02-2014 03:31pm
Egypt Security
Gaza with its 1 million refugees should be free of arms and terrorists. I suggest to start disarm people one-by-one or jail them underground. No more drug/arms smuggling. Hamas betrayed Pals and Egypt trust.
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Aladdin, Egypt
26-02-2014 03:07pm
Disarm Gaza
Egypt and Israel should end this silly show and establish military rule by Egypt. there are half million Egyptians and one million refugees living in Gaza under the terrorist rule. It will take a month to move in and disarm house by house. Who decide to keep his arms will be prosecuted in the public square. Tahya Misr.
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27-02-2014 12:13am
What half million Egyptians? Who do you think you are? You think its that easy to go and disarm Gaza house by house? One problem we have in Egypt is the superiority complex. We think of ourselves as superior to all others when in fact we have never been weaker, more dependent on outside aid, and on the brink of social, economic and political disaster. Sure, let's just solve that by invading the besieged Gaza Strip and kill our Palestinian brothers. Shame

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