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Gunmen blast gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai

English.news.cn   2014-01-01 16:47:16            

CAIRO, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Unknown militants blew up a natural gas pipeline in the restive Sinai Peninsula overnight with no casualties reported so far, official news agency MENA said Wednesday.

The blast took place in central Sinai on the gas pipeline that feeds an industrial area.

Egypt's pipelines carrying natural gas to Jordan and Israel have been targeted by unknown gunmen 16 times since the eruption of the 2011 revolution that toppled president Hosni Mubarak. However, there was a notable halt in the attacks during his successor Mohamed Morsi's one-year rule from mid-2012 to mid-2013.

Following the ouster of the Islamist leader, the security forces intensified presence in Sinai as it began to witness almost daily assaults on security premises, which have killed more than 100 soldiers and policemen.

Editor: Shen Qing
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