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Egypt: Militants attack gas pipeline

Militants have blown up a gas pipeline in the country’s Sinai Peninsula that used to transport fuel to Israel – the 15th such attack since last year’s popular uprising that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

Masked gunmen also blew up a terminal of the Egyptian natural gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 (pic)
Masked gunmen also blew up a terminal of the Egyptian natural gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 (pic)
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AN EGYPTIAN SECURITY official says militants have blown up a gas pipeline in the country’s Sinai Peninsula that used to transport fuel to Israel.

The attack was the 15th on the pipeline since last year’s popular uprising that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. Previous bombings of the pipeline have been blamed on Islamist militants who have stepped up their activity in Sinai, taking advantage of a security vacuum caused by the thin police presence in the post-Mubarak era.

The official said Sunday’s blast did not cause major damage but set fire to a small quantity of gas left in the pipeline from when the flow was cut following a March attack. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to brief the media.

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