May 6, 2006

Egypt police identify one Sinai bomber

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - An Egyptian who blew himself up
in an attack on a multinational force in the Sinai peninsula
was a 19-year-old student of Islam at a Cairo university,
security sources said on Saturday.

Eid Salman Mohammed Salim launched his suicide attack on
April 26 on vehicles used by the Multinational Force and
Observers. There were no MFO casualties.

The MFO observes the implementation of Egypt's 1979 peace
treaty with Israel in the Sinai.

Salim's father had identified his son's head at a morgue in
El Arish, a town in northern Sinai where his family lived.
Salim was a student of Islam at al-Azhar University in Cairo.

"Eid came from his university on the morning of the
incident, left his identity card and papers at home, and told
his father that he was heading to work. Then he disappeared,"
one security source said.

Salim was a relative of two men wanted in April 24 bombings
in the Red Sea resort of Dahab, which killed 19, the sources
said. The suspects, Salman Salim el-Zayout and Salim Atta, were
killed in clashes with the police in Sinai on Sunday.

DNA tests were being conducted to identify the remains of a
man who carried out a second suicide attack on April 26 near a
police station, the sources said. Nobody was wounded in that

Security sources are blaming a series of attacks in Sinai
since October 2004 on a group called Tawhid wal Jihad, which
was also the name of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's militant group
before it began calling itself Al Qaeda Organization for Holy
War in Iraq.

Including the Dahab bombs, the Sinai attacks have killed at
least 117 people. The Red Sea resort of Taba and beach camps
further south were bombed in October 2004 and Sharm el-Sheikh
was hit in July 2005.

Men identified by the authorities as members of the group
have come mainly from El Arish, which is a poor town on the
Mediterranean coast.