CAIRO, Sept 5 A video posted on YouTube and
circulated on Thursday shows two men firing rocket-propelled
grenades (RPGs) at a container ship that was attacked on
Saturday in the Suez Canal.
Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the video and
there were no claims of responsibility for the attack on
The video ( link.reuters.com/tuk82v ) carries a logo
featuring a black Islamist flag and the name of the "al-Firqan
Brigade". It shows two men, dressed in civilian clothes, firing
RPGs into the side of the ship, where they explode. (
The ship carries the name "COSCO" on its side and appears to
match pictures of the reported target of the attack, the
Panamanian-registered Cosco Asia.
An army source said on Thursday that security officials were
"sure that the operation was a random operation that is not
backed by an organisation".
The incident had minimal effect on the ship or on canal
traffic. Any major assault on the canal would hurt Egypt's
economy, which depends heavily on revenue from the 192-km (120
mile) waterway, the quickest sea route between Asia and Europe.
Security sources say the Canal Authority has received
threats from unidentified groups threatening to attack the
On Thursday, Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim
survived an assassination attempt unharmed when a car bomb
battered his convoy and gunmen strafed his vehicle.
He said afterwards that a wave of terrorism by opponents of
the military-installed government was just beginning.
After the canal attack, the army said three people had been
arrested for firing machine guns at the ship. The head of the
Canal Authority, Mohab Memish, later said an RPG had been used.
Militant attacks on security forces in the nearby lawless
North Sinai region have been on the rise since the army ousted
Egypt's first freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi,
on July 3 after weeks of mass protests against his rule.
(Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Mark Heinrich)