Pipeline targeted in Sinai attack

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IOL pic feb11 egypt unrest sinai AFP An Egyptian security official speaks on the phone while securing an area in El-Arish, on the Sinai peninsula. File picture: AFP

Cairo - Suspected militants blew up a pipeline that transports gas to an industrial area in Egypt's Sinai region on Tuesday, the fourth such attack this year, security officials said

Attacks in the Sinai peninsula, namely against soldiers and policemen but also gas pipelines, have surged again following the military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Militants planted a bomb under the pipeline south of Al-Arish city, the officials said, adding there were no injuries.

There have been three other attacks this year, two targeting the same pipeline and one, on January 27 when militants blew up a pipeline that transports gas to Jordan.

Militants had previously forced a halt to gas supplies to Israel and Jordan by repeatedly targeting the pipeline following the 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

The January 27 attack was claimed by an al-Qaeda inspired group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis or Partisans of Jerusalem.

The group has claimed most of the deadliest attacks in Egypt since the army ousted Morsi, saying that they were in revenge for a deadly crackdown by the security forces on his supporters. - AFP

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