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Sinai-based militant groups planning attacks: Israeli press

Security forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula remain on high alert following warnings that local militant groups are planning attacks on security targets, Israeli press claims

Yasser Seddiq, Monday 15 Oct 2012
File photo: People watch as smoke rises from the burning remains of a building and vehicle after a firefight between Egyptian security forces and suspected militants at the al-Goura settlement in Egypt's north Sinai region, about 15 km (10 miles) from the border with Israel, August 12, 2012. (Photo: AP)
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Security authorities in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula have allegedly received warnings that local militant groups are planning to carry out large-scale attacks against Egyptian security targets using car bombs, the Voice of Israel website has reported.

Egyptian security forces in Sinai – where the army has been waging a crackdown on Islamist militants for the last month – remained on high alert on Monday after an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip two days earlier killed the commander of Jihadist group Tawhid wal Jihad, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

According to Ma'an, Egyptian security forces are dealing cautiously with any unknown vehicles approaching sensitive institutions located in the area.

On Sunday, gunmen seized a military vehicle in the North Sinai city of Al-Arish, AFP reported.

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