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.