Gunmen blow up Gas pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai

A fire is seen on a gas pipeline in the Massaeed area west of the Mediterranean coastal town of al-Arish, North of Sinai, February 5, 2012. (Reuters)

Gunmen blow up a gas pipeline that feeds an industrial area in Egypt’s desert Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Official sources said the explosion caused no casualties, AFP reported.

Militants had forced a halt to gas supplies to Israel and Jordan by repeatedly targeting another gas pipeline through Sinai following the 2011 overthrow of strongman Hosni Mubarak.

They have escalated attacks on soldiers and policemen following the military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohammad Mursi in July.

The group spearheading the attacks, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, is inspired by al-Qaeda and has claimed bombings targeting police in mainland Egypt.

(With AFP)

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