View Full Version : At least 22 dead in Egypt explosions

04-24-2006, 06:37 PM
( source (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12464822/) )

3 blasts rock resort city; as many as 160 wounded

CAIRO, Egypt - Three explosions rocked the Egyptian resort city of Dahab at the height of the tourist season Monday night, killing at least 22 people, a witness said. Up to 160 people were wounded, with at least 150 of the casualties in just one hotel, according to the doctor who runs the Sinai peninsula rescue squad.

Dr. Said Essa said he was headed to the scene of the blasts and that his casualty figures were for victims at the el-Khaleeg Hotel only. He said there were casualties from the other explosions but he had no details.

Hussein Mahmoud, who was present at the scene of the explosions, said 22 people were dead. Four of the dead were foreigners and were children, Egyptian media reported

Al-Jazeera television said one of the blasts hit a restaurant, and authorities said more than 20 ambulances and police cars were rushing to the el-Masbat section of the city.

President Hosni Mubarak, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, said the blasts were a “sinful terrorist action.”

Police said the explosions hit the central part of the city where there are many shops, restaurants, bars and guesthouses. The blasts ripped through the town at 7:15 p.m., shortly after nightfall, when the streets would have been jammed with tourists — mainly Egyptians, Europeans, Israelis and expatriates living in Egypt.

The explosions occurred within 500 feet of each other and were in front of shops and bazaars.

The attackers struck a day after al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden issued a taped warning that ordinary Western citizens had become legitimate targets of his terrorist organization because of their support of governments that he said were conducting a “crusader war against Islam.”

A witness, Serge Loussararian, told CNN, “We heard the explosion and then we saw a big light. And a lot of people running,” he said.

Popular restaurant completely destroyed

Another witness said the Al Capone restaurant, one of the resort area’s most popular spots, was destroyed.

“At the restaurant, there is nothing there. The tables and chairs have gone, there is nothing left,” Joseph Nazir, who owns a safari company in Dahab, told Britain’s Press Association.

“Everybody is panicking, a lot of people are crying. We will be affected by this for a long, long time.”

British tourist Paul McBeath told Sky News that there had been “no warning whatsoever.”

“There were just three loud bangs and people rushing around,” McBeath said. “Everybody is shaken.”

Security officials, who would not allow use of their names because they were not authorized to release information, said at least 22 bodies had been recovered. Dr. Muhammed Hussein at the Dahab International Hospital said 12 bodies and 23 people with serious injuries had been brought to his emergency room alone.

Terrorist attacks have killed nearly 100 people at several tourist resorts of Egypt’s Sinai region in the past two years.

No al-Qaida indications yet

Senior U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials speaking on condition of anonymity told NBC News, “We have seen no information yet to indicate this was al-Qaida.”

An intelligence official told NBC News the Egyptians are “very good” at tracking people after attacks of this sort, but have no details yet.

Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper said the explosions occurred two days after Egyptian authorities announced the capture of 22 members of the terrorist group Al-Taafah El-Mansura. It was unknown whether there was a connection.

Bombings in the resorts of Taba and Ras Shitan, near the Israeli border, killed 34 people in October 2004. Last July, suicide attackers in the resort of Sharm el-Sheik killed at least 64 people, mainly tourists.

The Egyptian government has said the militants who carried out the bombings were locals without international connections, but other security agencies have said they suspect al-Qaida.

This is high tourist season in the region, and hotels all along the Egyptian coasts could be expected to be at near capacity, mainly with Europeans, Israelis and expatriates living in Egypt.

President Bush, in Las Vegas giving a fund-raising speech, condemned the attacks.
“It’s a heinous act against innocent civilians,” he said Monday. “The United States sends our condolences to the families of those who were killed. We keep those who were injured in our thoughts and prayers.”

Israel raises alert level

In Israel, the country’s rescue service said it had raised the alert level. Israeli Channel 10 TV reported that Israel had closed the border crossing at Taba, preventing vehicles from entering Sinai. It said a stream of Israeli vehicles were leaving Sinai.

Many Israelis travel to the Sinai for beach holidays.
Israel’s ambassador in Cairo, Shalom Cohen, told Channel 10 there were three explosions — in a hotel, a police station and a marketplace.
“We don’t know of Israelis” who were hurt, he said, though some Israelis were known to be in Dahab.

Cohen said the best thing Israeli tourists in Sinai could do now would be to “go home.”

He said there have been repeated warnings from the Israeli government against visiting the Sinai Desert, where Israelis have been targeted in attacks in the past.

“Unfortunately, the warnings came true,” he said.

The Israeli rescue service, Magen David Adom, offered help through the International Red Cross and the Egyptian Red Crescent but has not received a reply, the service said in a statement.

It said about 20 ambulances were standing by at the Taba crossing between Israel and Egypt if needed.

Dahab is located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the eastern side of the Sinai Peninsula and is about 65 miles south of Taba, which is near the border at the southern tip of Israel. Dahab is 200 miles southeast of Cairo.

go bo
04-24-2006, 08:13 PM
the scary part is that they seem to have a never-ending supply of these lunatics longing to become martyrs...

04-24-2006, 08:17 PM
I suspect this is because of our going into Iran.

04-24-2006, 08:21 PM
I suspect this is because of our going into Iran.

Have we staged a clandestine invasion of Iran that I haven't heard about? Damn that sneaky Dubya!!!!!:cuss: :p

04-25-2006, 06:18 PM
Have we staged a clandestine invasion of Iran that I haven't heard about? Damn that sneaky Dubya!!!!!:cuss: :p

indeed... :shrug: