Egyptian army discovers explosives workshop in Sinai

Published September 7th, 2014 - 10:09 GMT

Egyptian military intelligence on Saturday said that they had discovered what officials called "the biggest explosives workshop and cache" in the Sinai peninsula belonging to the major insurgent group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.

The sources told Ma'an that the group used the workshop in Abu Tawilah village south of Sheikh Zuweid in Northern Sinai to assemble explosive devices and missiles.

Egyptian military tanks surrounded the location and troops broke in under air cover, the sources said. 

Six tons of highly explosive TNT were reportedly seized as well as large numbers of already assembled explosive devices and bombs. The place was evacuated and then demolished. 

Ten gunmen were arrested, the Egyptian sources added. 

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has led a military insurgency against the Egyptian government based out of the Sinai Peninsula for the last three years, and intensified its activities following the military's ouster of democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Although over the last year the group has conducted numerous bombings in Egyptian cities, the attacks have mostly been small and have significantly decreased in frequency since the military launched a campaign against them in September.

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