NORTH SINAI, Egypt: The bombing that hit a main natural gas pipeline in South Arish for the 26th time since the January 25 Revolution, “bears the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis fingerprints,” according to an anonymous official source.
South Arish district witnessed Wednesday another explosion targeting the main natural gas pipeline that links two cement factories in Sinai.
The bombing took place in el-Hafn area South Arish, where militants bombed the line and fled, the source told Youm7.
The gas company closed the valves of the pipeline, but a source from the company said that the resulting fire is expected to last for 10 continuous hours.
A team of North Sinai prosecution is expected to visit the bombing site to carry out inspections and complete investigations.
This explosion took place two weeks after a similar bombing in El-Raysaan area in South Sinai. This is the fifth bombing during this year.
Natural gas pipelines in North Sinai have been targeted over 20 times; Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for many of these attacks.
Originally published in Youm7.