Sinai attack was suicide bombing, Egypt says |

Sinai attack was suicide bombing, Egypt says

Sarah El Deeb
The Associated Press
Egyptian security forces and civilians detain a supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi near Ramsis Square, Cairo, Egypt. Deadly clashes left tens dead and scores injured as rival crowds of supporters of the military and backers of Morsi poured into streets around the country Sunday, as a holiday marking the anniversary of the last war with Israel turned into a showdown between the country's two rival camps. (AP Photo/Sabry Khaled, El-Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
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CAIRO — A suicide bomber and unknown gunmen aiming to destabilize Egypt killed nine security men and hit the country’s main satellite communications center on Monday in a string of attacks, the interior minister said.

The bombing that struck a security headquarters in the southern Sinai Peninsula killed three police men. The body parts of the suicide bomber are still being analyzed to determine who was behind the attack, Mohammed Ibrahim said.

Earlier, masked gunmen pulled alongside a pickup truck full of troops on patrol near the Suez Canal and opened fire, killing six soldiers, security officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

“This is an attempt to prove they are still around and are not broken,” he told The Associated Press, without specifying which groups are behind the attacks. “They also aim to confuse, to distract” security forces, he added.

Ibrahim said the attack in southern Sinai is believed to be the act of Islamist militant groups, who operate in the northern part of the peninsula.