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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Friday, August 26, 2005

Names and Information

Here is some more information regarding the Sinai I.E.D. attacks. Names and ranks of the 2 police officers? Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Adel and Lt. Col. Omar Abdel Moneim. Where and how did it happen? Thursday's blasts by two land mines occurred on 5,900-foot Halal mountain, some 37 miles south of the Mediterranean coastal town of el-Arish, the Interior Ministry said. Are we admitting they are I.E.D.'s? Yeah, sort of! It did not say if the mines had been planted by suspected militants or left over from previous Arab-Israeli wars. But at least two security officials said initial investigations indicated that fugitives hiding on the mountain had concealed the mines. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. Anything else? After the explosions, security forces found three pickup trucks loaded with drugs and weapons in the area and arrested five people. Officials are still trying to determine the identities of the five. The killings were the first of Egyptian security officers in Sinai since a driver shot a policeman to death in May. In February, another police officer was killed during clashes with suspected militants connected to the Taba and Ras Shitan bombings. Police have been scouring northern Sinai's deserts and jagged mountains and storming suspected militant strongholds for those behind the July 23 Sharm el-Sheik bombings that killed at least 64 people and the October attacks. At least 650 people have been detained since Sunday. Oh baby!


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