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Egypt 'foils' car bombing near Gaza border

2013-01-07 13:37

El-Arish - A senior Egyptian intelligence official in northern Sinai says the military has foiled an attempted car bombing near a church and a military camp along the Egypt-Gaza border.

The official, who spoke on Monday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media, says Egyptian intelligence received word that militants were preparing a car bomb in a deserted part of the city of Rafah, which borders Gaza.

The army moved in on the militants late on Sunday. The official says the gunmen fled, leaving behind one car packed with explosives, bullet casings, and a rocket-propelled grenade.

Because the car bomb was found near an unused church and a military camp used by police and border guards, the intelligence official said either may have been the target.