Agency: Egypt detains man over gas pipeline blasts

December 27, 2011 19:56


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CAIRO - Security personnel have arrested a 20-year-old Egyptian man on suspicion of involvement in some of the 10 attacks this year on an Egyptian pipeline that carries gas to Israel and Jordan, state news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.

All but one of the attacks on the pipeline have taken place since the uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in February. The pipeline has been struck at locations near the North Sinai coastal city of al-Arish.

"The security forces have managed to find one of the participants involved in the explosions on the gas pipeline," MENA reported, without naming a source.

The suspect was named only as Mohamed S. M. and was reported to live in Arish. MENA said he was also accused of involvement in an attack on a police station in Arish earlier this year.

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