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At least 3 killed in attack on bus carrying workers in Egypt's Sinai

Militants fire grenade at bus carrying workers heading to military cement factory in Northern Sinai early Monday, leaving at least 3 dead and 17 injured

Ahram Online and Reuters, Monday 15 Jul 2013
Egypt's North Sinai, August 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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At least three people were killed and 17 wounded early on Monday in Egypt's North Sinai province when suspected militants fired rocket-propelled grenades hitting a bus carrying workers employed at a cement factory, security and medical sources said.

They said the bus came under fire in the city of El Arish, which is at the centre of a sharp rise in Islamist militant attacks in the lawless region bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip since Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military on 3 July.

According to eye witnesses, the attackers shouted "Allahu akbar!" (God is great) after the bus was hit.

However, army spokesperson Colonel Ahmed Ali has said on Monday morning that a nearby police vehicle was the real target of the attack that killed the three workers.

Ali extended his condolences to the families of the victims.

Commenting on Monday's bus attack, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said his group believes the incident was "intelligence-related" and aimed at justifying the "coup" that instigated the removal of Morsi.

El-Haddad, who has been in the public eye over the past few weeks due to his intensive comments on Egypt's political scene, also stressed the Brotherhood "unequivocally rejects all types of violence."

Hardline Islamist groups based in North Sinai have intensified attacks on police and soldiers over the past two years, exploiting a security and political vacuum following the 2011 uprising that ousted autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.

Confrontations between militants and Egyptian security forces have further increased since the ouster of Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood.

On Friday, a policeman died in a militant attack on a checkpoint in Sinai, which had last week witnessed the killing of at least ten other policemen in different assaults.

Opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood have largely blamed the recurrent clashes in Sinai on the Islamic group.

Many have further linked the Brotherhood with Sinai's militants after Mohamed El-Beltagy, one of the group's leading figures, said in a recent interview the peninsula would see no violence the moment Morsi is reinstated.

Morsi's overthrow was part of the armed forces' roadmap for Egypt's future, which was enforced following mass protests across Egypt against the former elected president.

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15-07-2013 10:56pm
total disregard for human life!!
@medo..I agree with you totally!! This is nothing but terrorism & a total disregard for human life..and then people wonder why there is a loss of respect for muslims & islam in general. Thank morsi & the mb for that, they did & are still doing a great job of destroying lives & not accepting the blame as usual. The terroristic extremists are ruining a whole religion with their violence & bloodshed of innocent people both muslim & non-muslim. They are not helping their cause whatsoever!!
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15-07-2013 03:18am
a disgrace!
While these islamists continue to do these inhumane actions to fellow muslims, people sit at Rabaa mosque and agree with this treatment. In my view, you are either against this terrorism or with it... by supporting a regime that says "all violence in Sinai will stop once Morsi is back in power" says that the MB have a BIG dirty hand in these attacks and shame on any Egyptian who supports a group that inflicts such harm to its people... and during ramadan too???
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15-07-2013 05:40pm
90 million Egyptians agree with your statement
They are the minority and are brainwashed by their leaders who pump them up with a twisted, violent, and vengeful ideoligy of Islam. They don't give a dam about EGYPT. They will kill any soul either Moslem or Christian and destroy Egypt just for power and expansion of their group.
15-07-2013 03:31pm
You are wrong...MB condemned these attacks
Freedom and Justice Party Condemns Sinai Bombings Despite the repression and persecution, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the FJP, reaffirms its commitment to peaceful protest, denouncing all violence – including the latest Sinai incidents.Certain parties seem to have been perturbed by the huge popular protests and growing discontent against the coup. They want to drag the country into violence, making up bombings so it can take the deterioration of the security situation as a pretext to continue in its coup against democratic legitimacy. Our strength is in our peacefulness."

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