Tuesday, April 25, 2006

30 killed in Egypt blasts

From The Australian April 25, 2006 news.com.au network, by correspondents in Cairo. Source: Reuters ...

THREE explosions shook the Egyptian Sinai resort of Dahab today, killing 30 people and wounding more than 100, rescue and security officials said.

...The explosions took place at the Nelson Restaurant, the Aladdin Cafeteria and the Ghazala Supermarket, the Interior Ministry said. An official with the local ambulance service said many of the dead appeared to be foreigners. Israeli divers often stay in the resort but with the Passover holiday over it is unlikely many were there. The Israeli ambassador in Cairo and Israeli authorities said they did not know of any Israeli casualties.

It was the third set of three explosions on the eastern coast of the Sinai peninsula since October 2004, when a group attacked the Hilton hotel in the border resort of Taba and two other resorts on the north-east coast, killing 34 people. The Egyptian authorities said a closely related group attacked again in the up-market resort of Sharm el-Sheiklh in July last year, killing at least 67 people.

... The Egyptian authorities attributed the Taba and Sharm el-Sheikh attacks to a small Sinai-based group originally led by a man of Palestinian origin and with militant Islamist views.

From a seperate report in The Australian ...

EGYPTIAN President Hosni Mubarak called the explosions in the Sinai resort of Dahab that killed 30 and wounded more than 100 today a "wicked terrorist act".....Previous official Egyptian statements said that three explosions took place in Dahab, without stating a cause.

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