Terror in Egypt
July 25th 2005
Egyptian authorities believe
Saturday’s attackers had links to the group that exploded bombs
outside hotels in Taba last year.
Security officials say the attackers used 500 kg of “highly
explosive materials” in two cars and a suitcase.
There is no official death toll
as of yet. Officials inside Sharm el-Sheikh put the toll at 88
while the Ministry of Health estimated the death toll to be 63.
According to Interior Minister Habib el-Adli, it is too early to
say where the al-Qaeda or other Islamist groups were connected.
Police are searching for three suspects.
Associated Press Reports that
officials believe the bombers entered this Red Sea resort in pickup
trucks with the explosives hidden under vegetables. The targets
were two shopping areas and a hotel.
One truck bomb detonated near
the luxury Ghazala Gardens Hotel after one suspect slammed the
vehicle into the lobby. Another suspect planted a suitcase bomb
outside in the parking lot. As the tourists fled the hotel the
suitcase bomb exploded.
Two militants inside a second
truck got stuck in traffic. They abandoned the vehicle leaving the
truck to explode soon after.
Investigators say the attackers
rubbed the serial numbers off the trucks engines making them
difficult to trace. This type of evidence helped investigators
identify last October’s attackers. Saturday’s bombings are believed
to be the worst attack in Egypt since 1981.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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