No Al Qaeda base in Egypt`s Sinai, says Governor
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 12:22
Cairo: The Al Qaeda does not have a base in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, according to Abdel Raggah Harhour, governor of the North Sinai region.

But he conceded that Islamist militants were exerting a growing influence in the area.

"We know that there are Salafite jihadist elements in Sinai," Harhour said.

"We have set up roadblocks and fixed and mobile patrols," he said, outlining a plan to restore stability in the peninsula.

The ousting of Egypt's long-term president Hosni Mubarak in a revolt in 2011 emboldened militant Islamists who have carried out a number of attacks in the lawless North Sinai and across the border in Israel.


First Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 12:22

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