April 26, 2006
Sinai: the Bombing Fad, Egypt and the decline of good solid craftmanship
Well, it appears as if a whole fad for the youngsters has broken out in the Egyptian Sinai, bombing the neighbors.
While I am sure it is all good clean fun the Egyptian state wil take a dim view of what it claims is the Sinai Bedouine's new hobby.
These two bombings appear to have been suicide -although some reports indicate one bomber may be simply been clumsy and not actually meant to blow himself up. Rather reminds me of the women attempted terrorists in Cairo who couldn't even hit the broad side of a bloody bus. Where is the sense of craft going these days among anti-regime elements? Of course, one can at least suggest that the security market is balanced. Incompetent state, incompetent terrorists.
Of note, the BBC reports that there may have been other incidents:
There are also unconfirmed reports of an incident at a police checkpoint on the mainland in the Nile Delta region. Unidentified gunmen reportedly opened fire on a police post north-east of Cairo, a security official was reported by AFP news agency as saying.
Hopefully further news will confirm if these incidents happened or not, and of course, whether they reflected competence up to that of the Egyptian forces.
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What I am wondering is where do they get their weapons from. I wouldnt think arms proliferation is that big in egypt.
Posted by: Ali K at April 26, 2006 05:33 PM
Smuggling up the Red Sea.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at April 26, 2006 05:41 PM
ya ali & abu l-maal,
there are smuggling tunnels from egypt to gaza as well ... arms can be smuggled in from sudan, across the sea from saudi, or just with boats from anywhere. harbor officials are bribed, if necessary.
Posted by: raf* at April 26, 2006 06:02 PM
that possible checkpoint incident smells vaguely like common activities in Algeria.
as i recall, the women who couldn't hit the broad side of a bus got their weapons from someone within the state security aparatus.
also the masacre in Luxor was carried out by men in police uniforms (as i vaguely remember anyway).
anyone know what BP security is saying about all this?
That's the problem. With all these armed forces and a very inept and corrupt huge bureaucracy, you can have a lot of people getting access to weaponry. Theoretically, they are issued bullets on an as needed basis etc.
Also, like I was saying in the other thread, a real problem for the regime is the fact that a lot of the police forces are not really trained cops, they are young, uneducated country guys doing military service. Not only are they not really prepared in terms of really countering a terrorist attack but they are not necessarily going to obey commands to raise arms against their own countrymen and at times they have actually refused.
Posted by: Anna_in_Cairo at April 27, 2006 02:18 AM
not to mention that a lot of those guys are very pious and, who knows, may sympathize with some of the ideas.
Posted by: praktike at April 27, 2006 05:19 AM