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UPDATED: 19:14, May 06, 2006
Egyptian police identify suicide bombers in Sinai blasts
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The Egyptian police have identified the two suicide bombers who blew themselves up last month in north Sinai peninsula targeting foreign forces, the official MENA news agency reported on Saturday.

The two bombers were identified as Salman Mohamed Saleem, 19, and Eid Hammad al-Tarawi, 25, according to the report.

The two April 26 suicide bombings targeted a convoy of the Multinational Forces and Observers (MFO) and a police vehicle in north Sinai and killed only the bombers themselves.

The MFO base was located in al-Gurah, 30 km southeast of al- Arish on the Mediterranean coast of the Sinai peninsula, which is very close to the border of Egypt and the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The suicide bombings came two days after triple deadly bomb attacks in the southern Sinai resort of Dahab, which killed 19 people and wounded over 90 others.

The Egyptian authorities said the Gurah bombings were linked to the Dahab blasts.

According to MENA, Mohamed Saleem was a brother of Salman Saleem and also a cousin of Saleem Ata, both of whom were wanted for involvement in the Dahab bombings.

Mohamed Saleem was identified by his father, said MENA, adding that the second bomber, al-Tarawi, was identified by the wife of a wanted fugitive, despite his brothers' denial.

Mohamed Saleem espoused the ideology of the Tawheed and Jihad group (Unification and Holy War), which the Egyptian authorities said was behind the bombings in Dahab and Gurah as well as two other previous bomb attacks in popular Red Sea reorts of Taba and Sharm el-Sheikhr.

On Oct. 7, 2004, a series of explosions rocked Taba, killing 34 people and injuring more than 100 others.

On July 23, 2005, three bomb explosions hit Sharm el-Sheikh, leaving at least 60 people dead.

From north to south, Taba, Dahab and Sharm el-Sheikh were all popular Red Sea resorts on the eastern side of Sinai.

The MFO is an independent peacekeeping mission created as a result of the 1978 Camp David Accords and the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Various nations have contributed military and civilian personnel to the mission.

Currently, the MFO maintained a 1,800-strong force from a total of 11 countries, namely, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Fiji, France, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, the United States and Uruguay.

Source: Xinhua

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