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Tower of flames in Egypt after gas pipeline attack

27 April 2011 Last updated at 08:14 BST

A pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan, running through Egypt's North Sinai, has exploded after an attack by an armed gang.

A tower of flames shot into the air and forced the pipeline to be shut down, Egyptian security officials say.

It is the second such attack in a month on the pipeline, south of the town of El-Arish, just 30 miles (50km) from the border with Israel.