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Egyptian army detains 6 in Sinai

Aug. 15, 2011 12:10 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 15, 2011 5:35 P.M.)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) -- The Egyptian army carried out a series of security raids in the northern Sinai town of El-Arish early Monday, detaining six men suspected of affiliation to an extremist group.

Egyptian security sources told Ma'an that the military has a list of 15 men wanted for membership of Al-Qaeda style-organization "Army of Islam" in El-Arish.

The six apprehended overnight are suspected of trying to establish an Islamic emirate in the Sinai peninsula, and were taken to the Security Directorate in northern Sinai for questioning.

The sources said the army also has a list of 17 people wanted in the border town of Rafah, abutting the border with the Gaza Strip.

That list includes seven Palestinians affiliated with the "Army of Islam" through a Gaza group Jaljalat [Thunder.]
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