Islamist militants attack Egypt security headquarters in Sinai

ISMAILIA, Egypt Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:33am EDT

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ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Islamist militants attacked Egypt's security headquarters in northern Sinai on Sunday with a barrage of mortar bombs and machinegun fire and fought police elsewhere in the desert region, wounding three conscripts, security officials said.

The militants had climbed onto the roofs of buildings across from the headquarters building in al-Arish and fired rocket-propelled grenades, one security source said.

Machinegun battles were still being fought in the streets around the building, witnesses said.

About 30 armored personnel carriers backed by helicopters fought militants in the town of Sheikh Zuwaid, 30 km (18.6 miles) east of al-Arish on the Mediterranean coast.

Egyptian forces last month began their biggest security sweep in decades in Sinai after militants killed 16 border guards on August 5 in the most deadly attack since Egypt's 1973 war with Israel.

The government sent hundreds of troops with tanks, armoured vehicles and helicopters to Sinai in a joint operation with police to raid militant hideouts, arrest suspects and seize weapons.

Disorder has spread in Sinai since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising, with Islamist militants stepping up attacks on Egyptian security forces and the Israeli border. Egypt's new president, Mohamed Mursi, has vowed to restore order.

Bedouin tribes in the area have long complained of neglect by central government.

(Reporting by Yusri Mohamed; Writing by Patrick Werr; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (3)
alibabaforty wrote:
Egypt will turn into anarchy because these islamist .these people believe that that each one is a prosecution and executor.They beleve tthat they can have the law into their hand. thank for muslim brotherhood who use double standard to promate the radical view of islam. islam will an end of Egypt.the country which name of egypt is dead

Sep 16, 2012 6:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
KDupre wrote:
We need to let these people live the way they like living even if they murder each other until only one person is left.

Sep 16, 2012 9:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
justinolcb wrote:
these people are so hate-filled they murder and rape their own daily – what would make any logical thinking person believe they would embrace American values especially freedom of speech or freedom of religion no matter the volume of free handouts, humanitarian assistance, or democratic guidance, much less be grateful for the sacrifices Americans have personally made to assist them? it simply will not happen!

Sep 16, 2012 9:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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