Egypt army operation nets militants in Sinai, sources say

August 16, 2011 22:40

CAIRO - Egyptian security forces, pushing ahead with a crackdown on armed groups in lawless northern Sinai, on Tuesday seized four armed militants as they prepared to blow up a gas pipeline in the city of el-Arish, security sources said.

They said the military operation -- dubbed Operation Eagle -- began this week after a spike in attacks on security forces in Sinai since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in February.

"Security guards captured four militants at the pipeline site. They possessed explosives and weapons," one security official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.

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