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Egypt says it foils car bombing near Gaza border

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ASHRAM SWEILAM | January 7, 2013 05:55 AM EST | AP


EL-ARISH, Egypt — A senior Egyptian intelligence official in northern Sinai says the military has foiled an attempted car bombing near a church and a military camp along the Egypt-Gaza border.

The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, says Egyptian intelligence received word that militants were preparing a car bomb in a deserted part of the city of Rafah, which borders Gaza.

The army moved in on the militants late Sunday. The official says the gunmen fled, leaving behind one car packed with explosives, bullet casings, and a rocket-propelled grenade.

Because the car bomb was found near an unused church and a military camp used by police and border guards, the intelligence official said either may have been the target.