May 19, 2006

Sinai militant suspect killed by explosives

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - A man wanted for involvement in
bombings of tourist resorts in Sinai killed himself by accident
on Friday while trying to attack police who were pursuing him,
security sources said.

Arafat Ali, 28, was blown up by an explosive device which
he had tried to throw at policemen who had encircled him in
Rafah, a town which is straddles Egypt's border with the Gaza

The sources said he was second in command of a group called
Tawhid wal Jihad, which the authorities say has carried out a
series of attacks in Sinai since October 2004.

They describe it as a group of Bedouin from the Sinai
peninsula with militant Islamist views. The police say they
killed the group's leader earlier this month.

The group's last attack was last month in Dahab. Nineteen
people were killed.

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