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Egypt: Militants attack gas pipeline to Israel

Last Updated: Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 19:26

Cairo: Unidentified gunmen attacked a
natural gas station on an export pipeline to Israel in Egypt`s
El-Arish city, the fifth such incident in six months.

A group of masked men attacked the natural gas
terminal in Sheikh Zuayed, the main liquefying station for gas
exported by Egypt to Israel.

Though no major losses were reported, the station was
left with a broken gas pipe.

The station was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades
from a distance but only the gas pipe was hit, eyewitnesses in
the North Sinai city, said.

No explosions or blaze occurred as there was no gas in
the station that has not been operating for sometime.

The same pipeline has been subject to four such
explosions since the revolution.

Meanwhile, a police station was attacked last night,
leaving two security personnel and three civilians dead.

Police captain Youssef Mohammed al-Shafai, who
sustained bullet injuries, in the attack yesterday, died on Saturday.

Besides, the clash left one army officer and three
civilians dead and 19 others wounded.

The Armed Forces arrested four men suspected of being
involved in the attack on the police station in Sinai.

A military source said today that a fifth person, who
was found riding a car around the police station, was also
arrested, with two machine guns found in his possession.

A group of masked gunmen had opened fire last night at
the police station, injuring several policemen.

The gunmen, riding four-wheelers and motorcycles,
showered el-Arish Thani police station with bullets, forcing
the security forces to fire back.

Masked gunmen riding vehicles, had also opened fire in
the air in the main square in el-Arish causing widespread
panic among the city`s people.


First Published: Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 19:26

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