May 1, 2006

Egypt police hunting Sinai bombers kill three

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police hunting for bombers
behind attacks in the Sinai peninsula killed three suspects on
Monday, security sources in Sinai said.

A police officer was also killed in the gunbattles with the
suspects in a mountainous area of northern Sinai.

The police on Sunday shot dead another three men they said
belonged to a group of Sinai Bedouin who killed 18 people in
bomb attacks on the Red Sea resort of Dahab last week.

The authorities identified one of those as the mastermind
of the attacks. The police are searching for suspects in a
mountainous area of northern Sinai.

Further details about the suspects killed on Monday were
not immediately available.

The government has blamed the mysterious group of Sinai
Bedouin, which had its origins in the Mediterranean town of El
Arish, for four other bombings at resorts on the Sinai coast
and in northern Sinai over the past two years.

Two men blew themselves up last week in separate attacks on
a multinational peace force and a police station in northern