Egypt arrests 2 al-Qaida-inspired militants

AP News
Posted: Nov 14, 2011 6:47 AM
Egypt arrests 2 al-Qaida-inspired militants

A senior Egyptian security official says police have arrested two leading members of an al-Qaida-inspired group in the Sinai peninsula a day after the group's leader was arrested.

The group was behind attacks on Egyptian police and on a gas pipeline transporting fuel to Israel and Jordan.

The official says Abdel-Karim Mohammed Ahmed and Ahmed Salem Awwad were arrested at dawn Monday at their hideout on the outskirts of the northern Sinai town of el-Arish. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with orders barring him from being identified publicly.

The group launched a campaign this year under the name al-Qaida in the Sinai calling for the establishment of an Islamic emirate. Security in Egypt has taken a hit since the February ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.