Arrests made on Militant Attack on Ship in Suez Canal

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An Egyptian army official has stated that 3 have been arrested following a rocket propelled attack on the Panamanian-registered container ship COSCO ASIA which came under fire in a northern section of the Suez Canal Saturday. “There was an attempt to disrupt security in an area called el-Qantara as they fired at a ship in an attempt to halt (traffic on) the waterway,” said the army source.

“Three were arrested and they have been dealt with … This attack could not have harmed the ships,” the source said.

There have been suggestions by the head of the Suez Canal, Mohab Mamish, that the attack Saturday was by Islamic militants, however there has been no confirmation of responsibility accepted by any particular group.  In a statement to Egyptian State TV, Mamish went on to say that Canal traffic is normal and 55 ships are expected to cross today.

Since former President Mohammed Morsi’s ousting on July 3rd, there have been increasing Islamic militant attacks in the Sinai region close to the Suez Canal. Threats have been made to the Suez Canal Authority causing the Egyptian army to block access to a bridge above the canal as a precautionary measure.

 

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