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«Norgesvennen» Essam el-Erian påstår at det kan være hæren og sikkerhetsstyrkene som sto bak angrepet på en buss med arbeidere i Sinai mandag morgen. Tre arbeidere ble drept og 17 såret.

Arbeiderne var på vei til en sementfabrikk i byen El Arish da islamister åpnet ild med RPG-våpen.

Andre kilder lurer på om mennene bommet, og at målet var en politibil like i nærheten.

Witnesses said the attackers shouted «Allahu akbar!» (God is greatest) after hitting the vehicle in the city of El Arish, at the center of a sharp rise in Islamist militant attacks since Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi was ousted by the military on July 3.

Egypt’s army said a «terrorist group» had meant to hit a police vehicle but missed and hit the bus instead. The military statement on its spokesman’sFacebook page said the attack took place on the road to El Arish.

Hardline Islamist groups based in North Sinai, a lawless region borderingIsrael and the Gaza Strip, have intensified attacks on police and soldiers over the past two years, exploiting a security vacuum following the 2011 uprising that ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.

The violence has spiked again since Mursi’s overthrow, and militants have attacked security checkpoints and other targets on an almost daily basis, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens.

Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood suggested the increase in violence could have been be engineered by the army itself.

El-Erians påstand kan være et forsøk på frikjenne islamistene. Slike angrep er med å øke sympatien for myndighetene, dvs hæren og den nye interimregjeringen.

Samtidig sier påstanden noe om hvor langt Brorskapet er villig til å gå. El-Erian har vært gjest i Norge på et seminar arrangert av Universitetet i Oslo og støttet av UD.

 

«We do not rule out that the violence on the ground in beloved Sinai are contrived events,» said Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref in a statement posted online.

«Incidents of violence against civilians and the police and the army in Sinai are the work of the intelligence service intended to distort … revolutionary peaceful protests by our people in Sinai against the military coup,» senior Brotherhood leader Essam El-Erian said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/15/us-egypt-protests-sinai-attack-idUSBRE96E04720130715