Sinai Bedouins kidnap 2 police officers and 17 recruits

Ahram Online, Thursday 9 Feb 2012

Official sources in the northern Sinai Peninsula reported on Thursday that an unidentified number of armed Bedouins kidnapped two police officers and 17 armed recruits, following the murder of a man by a police officer on the Egyptian-Israeli border. The man had been attempting to smuggle tobacco into Israel.

The kidnapping took place at the central security unit in northern Sinai.

Sinai is known to be a volatile area, sharing a border with Israel. The local Bedouin community has often complained of the Egyptian government’s neglect.

The city of Al-Arish, also in northern Sinai, has repeatedly witnessed attacks on the gas pipeline that supplies Israel and Jordan – most recently on 5 February 2012, bringing the total number of attacks over the past year to 12.

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