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Gunmen bomb gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai

English.news.cn   2013-07-07 18:37:24            
 • A group of militants bombed early Sunday morning a pipeline in Egypt's North Sinai.
 • The pipeline has been attacked more than 10 times since Mubarak was ousted in 2011.
 • No casualties were reported so far, and local security forces have hurried to the scene.

 

NORTH SINAI, Egypt, July 7 (Xinhua) -- A group of militants bombed early Sunday morning a pipeline in Egypt's North Sinai that provides natural gas to Jordan, security sources told Xinhua.

"The gunmen bombed part of the pipeline in Lehfin area of southern Arish in North Sinai and another part of the pipeline north of Arish International Airport," a security source said.

Meanwhile, another local official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the bombing sent raging blaze to at least 15 meters high and ten kilometers around.

No casualties were reported so far, and local security forces have hurried to the scene to monitor the situation and firefighters managed to extinguish the fire, said the official.

The pipeline has been attacked more than 10 times since Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011.

So far there is no group claiming responsibility.

Also, unidentified militants early Sunday opened fire at four checkpoints in Sheikh Zuweid city in North Sinai. The Armed Forces and policemen exchanged fire with the gunmen, but no casualties were reported.

The attacks came after the Egyptian army ousted President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday in response to millions of protesters who demanded his removal due to his "maladministration" since he came to power a year ago. However, supporters of the Islamist- oriented president condemned the move as "a military coup" and vowed to sacrifice for Morsi's legitimacy.

On Friday, at least five soldiers were killed in North Sinai in armed attacks by extremist Islamist groups in Arish International Airport, a security camp in Rafah, a police station and two security checkpoints in Sheikh Zuwaid and other security premises.

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Egypt's gas supply to Jordan completely halts after pipeline blast

AMMAN, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Jordan said Sunday an attack against a gas pipeline in the Egyptian city of Arish led to the complete halt of natural gas supply into the country, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

A source at Jordan's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources said the Egyptian authorities told Jordan that assessment of the damage was underway.  Full story

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