Egyptian security forces Monday caught 25 heavily armed men, members of al Qaeda and the Palestinian Hamas, inSinai on their way to the Delta region of Egypt for an attack. In addition to arms and ammo, they were carrying satellite communications equipment. DEBKAfile: This was the first time Hamas and al Qaeda have been caught redhanded collaborating in Sinai for terrorist activities against an Egyptian target.
In El Arish, N. Sinai, Egyptian security police discovered a large cache of arms and explosives including anti-air and anti- tank rockets. In a number of Delta towns, they discovered clandestine workshops turning out Egyptian army uniforms, thought to have been commissioned by al Qaeda to disguise terrorists plotting a coup.