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Thursday, March 10, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Bedouin gunmen storm Egypt intel sites in Sinai

CAIRO — Bedouins have begun attacking facilities of Egypt's feared State Security Investigation in the Sinai Peninsula.


Officials said Bedouin gunmen have stormed SSI facilities in several towns in Sinai this month. They said the attackers sought to free their relatives as well as seize security documents.

"The offices have been evacuated," an official said.

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The Bedouins were said to have targeted SSI facilities in such Sinai towns as El Arish and Sharm e-Sheik. Officials said the Bedouins have sought to exploit the decline in security forces in Sinai in wake of the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Officials said the Bedouins have sought to join the protest movement against SSI, which led the crackdown on anti-regime demonstrations. They said SSI facilities in Alexandria, Cairo, Dakahlia, Fayoum and Qena have already been attacked.

Over the last month, Bedouins have struck police and security facilities in eastern Sinai. Officials said the Bedouins have been supported by Palestinian militias from the neighboring Gaza Strip.

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