"The pipeline provides natural gas to Jordan and some plants in Sinai," the source said, adding that the assailants were believed to be extremists supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Since Morsi’s removal by the military in July, gas pipelines in Sinai have been bombed several times. The last one was in late January.

Islamist supporters of the ousted president condemned his removal as ‘a military coup’ and vowed to sacrifice for his legitimacy.

Morsi is currently detained for trials over a number of charges including urging the killing of protestors, insulting the judiciary, jailbreak and espionage.

(Agencies)

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