Sinai terror group claims responsibility for gas pipeline blasts

Ansar Al-Jihad, based in the Sinai Peninsula, claims its fighters bombed the Egypt-Israel pipeline 14 times since early 2011

Illustrative: A gas pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula sabotaged by a jihadist group in 2012. (AP/File)
Illustrative: A gas pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula sabotaged by a jihadist group in 2012. (AP/File)

An Islamic militant group based in the Sinai peninsula has claimed responsibility for repeated bombings of the Egypt-Israel natural gas pipeline since early last year, Army Radio reported on Wednesday.

The pipeline, which also supplies Egyptian natural gas to Jordan, was attacked 14 times, most recently just three days ago.

The group, Ansar al-Jihad, claimed responsibility in a video and said it will continue to sabotage the pipeline. “We hit the Zionist entity and delivered a blow to its economy [worth] billions of dollars,” said a spokesperson.

The group claimed it takes care that its attacks claim no casualties.

According to a Sunday Egypt Independent report, in addition to the pipeline bombings Ansar al-Jihad also has claimed responsibility for the August 18, 2011, cross-border attack along Route 12 near Eilat, which saw eight Israelis killed and 40 wounded.


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