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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Egypt admits that there was early warning on Sinai attack

Morad Mowafi, Egypt's Intelligence Chief

Egypt’s Intelligence Chief Morad Mowafi admitted that Egypt has received the early warnings from Intelligence office about the possibility of the Sunday deadly attack in Sinai which left 17 Egyptian policemen and soldiers killed and 7 wounded.

After the emergency meeting with Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsy Intelligence chief stressed that this incident should not raise any questions regarding the efficiency of the security forces in Sinai. He confirmed that Egyptian side had warnings and information about the attack; they also have the detailed information about the terrorist group which committed the terrible attack, but they never imagined that a Muslim would kill a Muslim during Ramadan on the time of praying and breaking the fast, according to the Morad Mowafi’s statement. Egypt also received the numerous warnings about the possible terrorist attack on the border from Israel.

Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists forces accused Israeli side in the attack, but Egypt and Israel estimate that the attack was carried out by the terrorist group which is the part of the global jihadist networking emerged in Sinai in the recent months. Military officials stressed that there are around 1,500 – 2,000 terrorists currently based on the territory of Sinai who belong to the various terrorist organizations, among the Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda cells and the groups based in Gaza.