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CAIRO---A suicide bomber
rammed his explosive-laden car
into a convoy of buses carrying
off-duty soldiers in Egypt s turbu-
lent region of northern Sinai yes-
terday, killing 11 and wounding 37,
security and military officials said.
The bombing was the latest in a
wave of attacks against the military
and security forces in a burgeoning
insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula
blamed on Islamic militants that
has mounted since the military's
ouster of Islamist President
Mohammed Morsi in July.
The bomber struck as the convoy
of four army buses was travelling
on the road between the border
town of Rafah and the coastal city
of el-Arish, military spokesman Col.
Mohammed Ahmed Ali said.
The soldiers belong to the 2nd
Field Army, which is doing most of
the fighting against Islamic militants
waging an insurgency against secu-
rity forces in Sinai. The buses were
on their way to Cairo, military offi-
cials said, speaking on condition of
anonymity as they weren't author-
ized to release the information.
"The precious blood of our sons
strengthens our resolve to cleanse
Egypt and shield its sons from vio-
lence and treacherous terrorism,"
Ali wrote on his Facebook page.
There was no immediate claim
of responsibility for the attack, but
suicide car bombings are a signature
method of militant groups linked to
or inspired by al-Qaida.
The northern Sinai, which borders
Gaza and Israel, has been restless
for years, but attacks have grown
more frequent and deadlier since
the coup that removed Morsi. The
attacks have also grown more dar-
ing: In August, gunmen pulled 25
police conscripts off minibuses in
the Sinai and shot them dead on
the side of the main road linking
Rafah to el-Arish.
The attacks have also spilled over
elsewhere in Egypt, including in the
southern part of the peninsula---and
in the capital, Cairo.
Earlier this week, a senior security
officer who monitors Islamist
groups, including Morsi's Muslim
Brotherhood, was shot dead as he
drove in Cairo's eastern Nasr City
district. In September, the interior
minister, who is in charge of the
police, survived an assassination
attempt by a suicide car bomb.
In a video clip posted Tuesday
on the Internet, a militant group,
Ansar Jerusalem, claimed respon-
sibility for this week's slaying of the
security officer, police Lt Col
Mohammed Mabrouk. Ansar
Jerusalem said the killing was in
retaliation for the recent arrest of
female Morsi supporters.
The group had previously claimed
responsibility for the attempt on
the interior minister's life and an
attack on military intelligence com-
pounds in the Suez Canal city of
Ismailia and the southern Sinai city
Meanwhile, clashes late Tuesday
between revolutionary youths
opposed to military rule and police
killed two people, including a
teenager, said Ahmed el-Ansari,
head of Egypt's emergency services.
He said the teenager suffered a head
wound from a birdshot pellet and
died while being taken to hospital.
The second, a 23-year-old man,
died from a gunshot wound to the
head, he said.
The violence in Cairo's famed
Tahrir Square followed daylong
protests marking the second
anniversary of clashes between pro-
testers and police on an adjacent
street. A joint police and army con-
tingent cleared the square of pro-
testers late Tuesday. (AP)
Uneasiness flares in Egypt again...
Suicide bomber kills 11 soldiers
first of 30 Greenpeace
activists arrested by
Russia in an Arctic
protest two months ago
was freed on bail yester-
day, in a case that has
criticism of Russia.
The release of other
detainees could moderate
the criticism, which has
drawn attention both to
Russia's ambitions in the
Arctic and its hard line
Ana Paula Alminhana
Maciel walked out of a St
Petersburg pre-trial jail
holding a sign reading
Save The Arctic. She did
not make comments to
journalists before getting
into a car with her lawyer.
Dmitry Artamonov, a
tive, said she is "now
staying in a safe place,"
but he declined to give
The 30 were arrested
in September after a
Greenpeace ship, the Arc-
tic Sunrise, entered Arctic
waters despite Russian
warnings. Some of the
activists tried to scale an
offshore drilling platform
owned by the state nat-
ural gas giant Gazprom.
Arctic drilling poses
But Russia bristles at crit-
icism of its oil and gas
industry, which is the
backbone of the country's
Russian courts have
granted bail this week to
17 of the detainees, but
they have yet to be let out
of jail. Hearings are
scheduled for another 12.
All of those detained
were initially charged
with piracy, but investi-
gators later changed the
charge to a lesser one of
One activist was
denied bail on Monday,
but the approval of bail
to others suggested a
change in official strategy
in the case.
A Greenpeace lawyer
said an appeal will be filed
to release Australian Colin
Russell as well. Russell
does not appear to have
been singled out in being
denied bail; his hearing
simply came up first.
"None of our people
will be truly free until
they are all back home
with their families," the
executive director Kumi
Naidoo said in a state-
bail in Russia
old boy accused of plan-
ning a school attack
inspired by the one at
Colorado s Columbine
High School in 1999
faces a retrial after a jury
failed to reach a verdict.
The boy was accused
of plotting a series of
on his former school and
other local targets in
Leicestershire in central
A jury of six men and
six women were dis-
charged yesterday after
they failed to reach a ver-
dict following six days of
deliberations. A hearing
will take place December
boy's retrial. (AP)
Teenager faces retrial
for UK school bomb plot
Greenpeace International activist Faiza Oulahsen
speaks from inside a barred enclosure at a courtroom
during a hearing considering the investigators'
request to extend the detention of 30 members of
the Arctic Sunrise Greenpeace International ship in
St Petersburg, Russia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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