Two tourists, one French, the other's identity unknown were killed in an explosion at a busy and popular Cairo marketplace. Over a dozen other
tourists and bystanders were seriously injured in the attack, which allegedly came from a man on a motorcycle. At least one of the injured is said
to be an American, however officials are unable to confirm that at this time. This is the first attack on tourists in Egypt since last year's
attacks on hotels in the Sinai Peninsula.
Two witnesses reported that a man on a motorcycle set off a bomb. Police said they were investigating a motorcyle found near the scene with nails
scattered on the ground around it, but they would not confirm if the blast was from a bomb.
The U.S. Embassy issued a warning to Americans to stay away from the bazaar area where the explosion occurred and to exercise caution throughout the
The blast went off near an organized tour group in the al-Moski bazaar, a maze of narrow alleys with shops selling jewelry, souvenirs and clothes near
the main tourist bazaar of Khan al-Khalili.
Police said the death toll may rise by at least one more, with body parts strewn around the site of the blast, not far from Cairo's famed al-Azhar
The dead French woman was a tourist, said French Embassy spokeswoman Bernadette Abou Bechara. An official at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo said he could
not confirm that the casualties included Americans.
Rabab Rifaat, an Egyptian woman who was shopping in a store near the blast, said she heard "a boom, a horrible sound, very loud. Everyone started
running." She then saw a decapitated head flying through the air.
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At this time, no one or group has claimed responsibility for this attack. Egypt had spent the last few years cracking down on extremist movements in
the country so this attack does come as surprise, however it should be noted that the US Embassy had warned American tourists not to visit the
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[edit on 4-7-2005 by worldwatcher]