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Egyptian security: Militant killed in Sinai explosion

Aug. 26, 2012 5:47 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 27, 2012 6:48 P.M.)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- An Egyptian militant was killed in the Sinai peninsula on Sunday, Egyptian security sources said, but conflicting accounts were given of his death.

An Egyptian intelligence report said Ibrahim Owida Nasser Madan was hit by a missile fired by an Israeli drone while riding his motorcycle south of Al-Qasiya, 15 kilometers from the Israeli border.

Other officials told Ma'an that Madan may have been killed by a missile which exploded while militants were trying to launch it.

Israel told Egyptian authorities it was not involved in the incident, Egyptian security sources said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said she could not comment on the report.

Madan, a member of a Jihadi militant group, had just been released by Egyptian security services after he was detained a few days ago during an Egyptian security campaign in northern Sinai, the intelligence report said.

An Egyptian security official told Ma'an Maadan was believed to be involved in an attack on the Israeli border and suspected of involvement in a deadly assault on an Israeli tourist bus.

The intelligence report suggested Israel might have started an assassination campaign targeting armed Salafis in Sinai.

Egyptian security sources said that the military campaign against terrorists in Sinai had failed and been halted.

There are other attempts to make a deal with jihadists in Sinai to stop the violence, prompting Israel to implement its own attacks on militants, the sources added.

Egyptian security officials told Ma’an earlier Sunday that a presidential delegation met for negotiations with Jihadist groups in Sinai, brokered by Bedouin mediators.

The sources said the visit came after Salafi militants warned they would retaliate if they continued to be targeted in the security campaign that followed an Aug. 5 attack on a military post on the Israeli border, killing 16 Egyptian officers. The Salafi group denied involvement in the attack.
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