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Egypt - Nov 14, 2011 - 15:52

Last modified: 14 Nov 2011 12:52

AP reports: A senior Egyptian security official says police have arrested two leading members of an al-Qaida-inspired group in the Sinai peninsula a day after the group's leader was arrested.

The group was behind attacks on Egyptian police and on a gas pipeline transporting fuel to Israel and Jordan.

The official says Abdel-Karim Mohammed Ahmed and Ahmed Salem Awwad were arrested at dawn Monday at their hideout on the outskirts of the northern Sinai town of el-Arish.

He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with orders barring him from being identified publicly.

The group launched a campaign this year under the name al-Qaida in the Sinai calling for the establishment of an Islamic emirate.

Security in Egypt has taken a hit since the February ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.