Officials said six masked gunmen attacked the Egyptian gas pipeline in
the Sinai Peninsula and rigged the operations room with explosives on March
27. But they said the detonator failed and the facility was not damaged.
"There is no stoppage," Magdy Tawfiq, chief executive officer of the
Egyptian Gas Co., said. "The armed forces in that site have been
strengthened by new soldiers to secure the pipeline."
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This marked the second attack on the pipeline in as many months. In
February, suspected Al Qaida-aligned gunmen stormed the facility, located 10
kilometers southwest of El Arish, and blew up the facility, which suspended
the gas flow to Israel, Jordan and Syria for more than six weeks.