Gas pipeline set ablaze in Egypt


-- A gas pipeline was set on fire in the Egyptian Sinai town of El Arish on Saturday in a suspected terrorist attack, officials said.

The pipeline goes to Jordan and Syria, said a spokesman for Merhav company, a partner of EMG, the company that owns the pipeline.

Unless the pipe was repaired quickly, this could make a big problem for Jordan, a country already spending heavily in fuel subsidies, said a Jordanian senior official said.

Egyptian state-run Nile TV described it as "one of the main gas pipelines" there. The state-run MENA news agency said it was a suspected terrorist attack.

The governor of Sinai told Nile TV that the fire was a sabotage attempt. Flames were under control, he said, and firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze.

On Friday, a government official told CNN a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at state security headquarters in El Arish.

The official, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak about the incident, said the strike caused a fire but there were no casualties.