Smoke billows in Egypt's North Sinai on July 16, 2015
Smoke billows in Egypt's North Sinai on July 16, 2015 © Said Khatib - AFP/File
Smoke billows in Egypt's North Sinai on July 16, 2015
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Last updated: January 8, 2016

IS-linked jihadists claim attack on Sinai pipeline to Jordan

The Egyptian branch of the jihadist Islamic State group on Thursday said it had bombed a pipeline that carries gas to Jordan and to a major industrial zone in north Sinai.

Security sources confirmed that attackers set off explosive devices under the pipeline close to Al-Midan village in the north of the peninsula. They said the blasts did not cause any casualties.

North Sinai is a bastion of the "Sinai Province" group, the Egyptian affiliate of IS.

In a message posted on Twitter and signed by "Sinai Province", the jihadists claimed responsibility for the attack.

"By the name of God, not a drop of gas will reach Jordan until the caliphate gives its permission," the statement said.

Jordan is among a number of Arab states that have joined the US-led campaign of air strikes against IS, which captured swathes of Syria and Iraq, where it has declared a caliphate.

Since the 2011 uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, there have been dozens of confirmed attacks by jihadists on energy pipelines in the Sinai Peninsula, repeatedly forcing a halt in gas supplies to Jordan, as well as to Israel.

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