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Gunmen blow up natural gas pipeline in Egypt

File - Flames are seen after an explosion went off at a gas terminal in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 in El-Arish, Egypt, July 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Ashraf Swailem)

CAIRO: Egypt's state news agency says gunmen have blown up a natural gas pipeline in the volatile Sinai Peninsula.

MENA said Tuesday that the explosion took place late Monday night south of el-Arish, the capital of the North Sinai governorate.

It said firefighers teams rushed to the scene to extinguish a fire there.

Gas pipelines have come under attacks several times since the 2011 downfall of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The last attack took place 10 days ago.

The fall of Mubarak led to a fracturing of Egypt's security agencies. Suicide bombings also have spiked and spilled into the capital, Cairo, and other cities. An al-Qaida-inspired group called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or Champions of Jerusalem, has claimed responsibility for most of those attacks.

 

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