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Egypt: Attack in Sinai was suicide bomber

Smoke rises from security headquarters after deadly explosisouthern Sinai town el-Tor Egypt Monday Oct. 7 2013. | AP Photo

Smoke rises from the security headquarters after a deadly explosion in the southern Sinai town of el-Tor, Egypt, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. | AP Photo

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Updated: October 7, 2013 12:10PM

CAIRO — Egypt’s Interior Minister says Monday’s attack on a security headquarters in the southern Sinai Peninsula was the work of a suicide bomber.

Mohammed Ibrahim told The Associated Press that another attack on the country’s main satellite telecommunications center in the capital appeared to be in retaliation for the killing of more than 50 supporters of the former president in clashes with security forces a day earlier.

One satellite in the center was slightly damaged by a projectile fired from a distance. Communication was not impacted.

The suicide bombing in Sinai’s el-Tor town, close to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killed three policemen.

Ibrahim also said Islamist militants aim to “distract” and cause instability. He said: “We are at war with them, and they are in their last gasp.”

Also Monday, a panel of Egyptian judges has recommended the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, a move that signals a widening crackdown on the group.

The judges’ recommendation said the party represents an outlawed group. The recommendations will be delivered to a Cairo court reviewing a case demanding the party’s dissolution on Oct. 19.

The Brotherhood’s party was registered in 2011, months after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak — the first time the 85-year old organization formed a political party. It went on to win a majority in the first post-Mubarak parliament, and its leader, Mohammed Morsi, later won office as Egypt’s first democratically elected leader.

Morsi was ousted in a popularly backed military coup in July. Authorities have since arrested Brotherhood leaders and cracked down on its protests.

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