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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Egypt seizes 2.5 tonnes of explosives en-route to Sinai

Egypt seizes 2.5 tonnes of explosives en-route to Sinai
Published yesterday (updated) 13/01/2013 19:51
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=555423

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities on Saturday seized 2.5
tonnes of explosives hidden in three trucks en-route to the Sinai peninsula.

The trucks contained different types of explosive materials and mortar
devices, Egyptian sources said, which were hidden in tires within the
vehicles.

Four suspects confessed to trying to smuggle the explosives into Sinai, the
sources added.

Egyptian security forces have waged a security campaign in the desert Sinai
region to reign in militant groups, after 16 Egyptian border guards were
killed in an attack on their post in August.

On Friday, an Egyptian army officer was shot dead by snipers in the city of
El-Arish, while earlier this week Egyptian military forces foiled an
attempted car-bombing near a Sinai military base.

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