Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Egypt: Palestinians funded, trained Dahab bombers (quick, send more aid!)

Authorities said Tuesday that two Palestinians had helped fund and train members of an Egyptian terrorist group blamed for bombings in Sinai.

An Interior Ministry statement said that a Palestinian it named as only Abu Suleiman provided the Egyptian group with money. Another Palestinian, identified by the statement as Maged al-Deri, trained members of the group in the use of explosives and firearms in the Gaza Strip.

The statement described Abu Suleiman and al-Deri as Muslim extremists, but did not elaborate. A third Palestinian, Tamer al-Nasserat, was planning to come to Egypt to carry out attacks, it said.

It was the first time that Egypt made such a specific link between the Sinai bombings - which killed 120 people, including foreigners, and targeted tourist sites - to militant Palestinians in the Gaza strip.

Authorities have in the past spoken vaguely of ties between the bombings, one of which claimed 11 Israeli lives, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in neighboring Gaza.

Three major attacks have rocked the Sinai Peninsula since October 2004. According to Egyptian authorities, all of them were carried out by a group calling itself Monotheism and Jihad, led by Nasser Khamis el-Mallahi.

El-Mallahi had sent the three suicide bombers who carried out bombings in Dahab last month for training in Gaza.