Egyptian forces gun down Sinai terror suspect (JERUSALEM POST) By AP AND JPOST STAFF 02/01/05)
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Security forces clashed with Islamic militants in the mountains of
Sinai on Tuesday, killing a suspect in last year´s deadly bombings of
beach resorts on the peninsula, the government said.
battle erupted as police were chasing suspects believed
involved in the Oct. 7 bombings at the Sinai resorts of Taba and Ras
Shitan, which killed 34 people, the Interior Ministry said in a
The ministry identified the man killed Tuesday as
Rahman Badawi, saying he took part in the Sinai bombings and was
found armed with an automatic rifle and a handgun.
said two people were killed in the shootout - a policeman
and a militant - outside Ras el-Sudr, a Red Sea town 40 kilometres
south of Suez. But the ministry said only that a policeman was
Suez Hospital officials, speaking on condition of
the policeman as Ibrahim Subhi Ibrahim, 32, and said his wounds were
not life threatening.
The shootout occurred when police
confronted a group of suspects that
they had been pursuing since Monday evening, the ministry said in a
The police were continuing to pursue other suspects
Interior Minister Habib el-Adly said last month
that police were
closing in on two key suspects in the Sinai bombings.
A wing of
the Taba Hilton Hotel was destroyed in the bombings, which
was allegedly masterminded by a Palestinian who was killed in the
blasts. Nine people have been charged with the bombings, including a
On Friday, police clashed with about 500
demonstrators who were
protesting the state´s three-month detention of people suspected of
involvement in the bombings. The clash, in which three police
officers and about 10 protesters were injured, took place in the
north Sinai town of el-Arish.
Meanwhile, The Taba Hilton Casio
reopened this week after a four-
month closure following the attacks, Channel 1 reported.
According to the report, the hotel has invested heavily to beef
security at the site. The entire hotel is being reconstructed and is
expected to reopen this summer. (© 1995-2005, The Jerusalem Post
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