ISIS claims attack on North Sinai gas pipeline



Flames shoot into the sky from a gas pipeline after unknown saboteurs bombed an Egyptian pipeline near the North Sinai village of al-Sabil in this file photo from April 27th, 2011. [AFP PHOTO/STR]

The "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) on Monday (February 3rd) claimed an attack on a gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

Masked gunmen drove a four-wheel drive vehicle before detonating explosives in the Sunday attack, carried out around 80 kilometres west of the North Sinai provincial capital of al-Arish, security sources said.

No casualties or injuries have been reported.

According to sources, the gas pipeline hit was a domestic one that connects to a power station in al-Arish, powering homes and factories in central Sinai.

ISIS claimed the attack in a statement posted on its Telegram chat groups.

It claimed the section of the pipeline hit was in the village of Al Teloul and that several explosive devices were used to blow it up.

Egypt's petroleum ministry did not react to a request for comment on Monday after ISIS claimed responsibility.

In February 2018, Egypt's army and police launched a nationwide operation against extremists, and on ISIS in particular, that is focused on North Sinai.

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