Security forces look for four Palestinians who slipped into country from Gaza, are suspected of planning suicide attacks against resorts in Sinai Peninsula, local security official says. Search follows arrests of 15 Palestinians caught carrying weapons and explosives in town of el-Arish, other remote parts of Sinai desert
Published: 02.01.08, 21:13 / Israel News
The search follows the arrests of 15 Palestinians over the past few days who were caught carrying weapons and explosives in the town of el-Arish, located some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the border, and other remote parts of the Sinai desert.
Egyptian officials have expressed concern that gunmen could attempt to sneak into the country ever since Hamas blew open the border wall with Gaza on January 23.
Egyptian security forces have hired local Bedouins to help them track down the four suspected Palestinian suicide bombers, the official said. Bedouins have a reputation for being experts at navigating the desert, finding back ways to avoid checkpoints.
There have been three major bomb attacks in Sinai since October 2004. The blasts in the resorts of Sharm el-Sheik, Taba and Dahab killed 125 people. The government blamed the attacks on a local Islamic militant group, which appears to have been inspired by al-Qaeda ideology.
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