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Gas pipeline between Egypt, Jordan bombed

Egypt’s Sinai bombed a gas pipeline to Jordan on Sunday, witnesses said, amid a surge in attacks on police and soldiers after Islamist president Mohammed Morsi’s ouster.

world Updated: Jul 08, 2013 01:56 IST

Egypt’s Sinai bombed a gas pipeline to Jordan on Sunday, witnesses said, amid a surge in attacks on police and soldiers after Islamist president Mohammed Morsi’s ouster.

The explosion hit the gas pipeline in the lawless Sinai peninsula following a spate of attacks on security checkpoints in recent days, state television reported on Saturday.

The recent attacks were in reaction to the Egyptian army’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday.

The fire caused by the explosion was under control by early Sunday morning, state media reported.

The pipeline, which supplies gas to Jordan, has been attacked more than 10 times since Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, was ousted in 2011.

No one was injured during the latest explosion, state news agency MENA quoted officials at the gas company as saying. Egypt has struggled to control the security in the peninsula since Mubarak’s departure.