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TA-ATTACKS: Terrorist Bombings Rock Egypt

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posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 09:32 AM
Two terrorist attacks have shaken Cairo today as a bomb was thrown off a bridge onto a street near the Egyptian Museum killing one and injuring seven more, including four foreigners. Two hours later, a second explosion hit the historical section of the city. Details of the second blast are still sketchy, but some reports say it could have been caused by female suicide bombers.
CAIRO, Egypt - Police officials said a second explosion occurred in Cairo hours after a bomb was thrown from a bridge to the street below not far from a 5-star hotel and the Egyptian Museum, killing an Arab man and injuring seven people, including four foreigners, authorities said.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there may have been casualties in the second blast, which happened in Islamic old Cairo, an area with many historic mosques.

There were no immediate details on the second blast.

A few minutes after the first explosion was heard at around 3:15 p.m. (7:15 a.m. ET), remains of a body, covered with newspapers, were seen beneath the bridge. The blast happened on a road adjacent to a public bus station behind the Egyptian Museum.

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Egypt is especially sensitive to terror attacks, since they depend so heavily on Western tourism of the pyramids and other ancient artifacts. I hope these attacks aren't the beginning of a new wave of terror in Egypt.

posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 11:13 AM
Women open fire on tourist bus

Two veiled women opened fire on a tourist bus in southern Cairo today but missed, Cairo Security Director Nabil el-Azabi said.

Security officers at the scene said one of the attackers then shot dead the other, before shooting and wounding herself.
Azabi said one of the women could have been the wife of a man on the run and wanted in connection with an April 7 attack on tourists in Cairo.


Are these attacks related?

posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 11:26 AM
Maybe the second attack was a shooting, not a bombing. The story seems to be changing...

posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 11:32 AM
dj77, it appears both.
Cairo tourists come under attack

A bomb blast and gun attack in popular tourist areas of the Egyptian capital Cairo have left two people dead and at least 10 injured, including foreigners.


posted on May, 1 2005 @ 08:15 AM

200 people have been detained for questioning and background checks following the attacks. The people targetted were from the same village as the three attackers.

What sort of effect might this have on stability in Egypt? Will the citizens, by and large, see this as progress toward stopping future attacks, or will they react violently, feeling persecuted?

I don't know enough about recent Egyptian history to comment, I just wanted to bring this news to light, and maybe hear some comments from those who know a little bit more about the background of the social dynamic in place there.

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