May 1, 2006

Egypt police say kill 3 from Sinai bomber group

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

A police officer was also killed and two others wounded in
a heavy exchange of fire with the wanted men in a mountainous
area of northern Sinai, the ministry said in a statement.

It said the men were part of a group which last week killed
18 people in bomb attacks on the Red Sea resort of Dahab and
launched two suicide attacks on a multinational peace force and
a police station in northern Sinai.

The police on Sunday shot dead another three men they said
belonged to the same group of Sinai Bedouin.

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