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Egyptian police seize one tonne of high explosives

Written by: Staff

ISMAILIA, Oct 27 (Reuters) Egyptian police have recovered nearly one tonne of high explosives hidden in a mountainous area of central Sinai, security sources said today.

The explosives were buried in 13 plastic bags and were discovered by bedouin trackers working for the government, according to the sources, who did not specify the type of explosive.

The area where the discovery was made has been the site of previous shootouts between police and suspects wanted for bombings in Sinai over the past two years.

More than 100 people were killed in bomb attacks in tourist resorts throughout Sinai since October 2004. Egypt has blamed the attacks on an Islamist militant group called al-Tawhid wal Jihad (One God and Jihad).

Authorities say the group is made up of Sinai bedouin with militant views.

Reuters 2237

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