EL-ARISH, Egypt (Reuters) – Four men wanted in connection with bombings that killed 20 people in the Sinai resort of Dahab last month have turned themselves in, security sources said on Friday.
The surrenders came shortly after police killed Nasr Khamis el-Milahi, a man the Interior Ministry named as the leader of a group it blames for a series of attacks in Sinai since October 2004, and the arrest of his assistant in a gunbattle on Tuesday.
“The four wanted men turned themselves in, and they are Naif Ibrahim Saleh Ameira, Abdel Gadr Suweilim Suleiman, Ismail Salama Ouda Hussein, and Hatem Musellem Rasheed el-Atrash,” a security official who declined to be named said….
The men were part of a group of 25 wanted people, including farmers and religious leaders, security sources said, adding some of the group were being sought in connection with bombings in Taba and other nearby resorts in 2004….
Authorities have blamed a group called Tawhid wal Jihad (One God and Jihad) for a series of attacks in Sinai since October 2004, and say that 15 of its members are currently on trial.
They describe it as a group of Sinai Bedouin with militant Islamist views, though the group itself has never issued a statement or claimed responsibility for attacks.