Apr 24, 2006

Blasts Rock Egyptian Resort of Dahab

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(Dahab, Egypt) Three explosions rocked the Sinai resort city of Dahab today, leaving at least 35 people dead and more than 200 wounded.

Body parts and piles of debris were seen in the streets after an explosion in a restaurant that caters to tourists, residents said. A witness said that cars and buses leaving the resort were being stopped and searched by police.

Coming in the midst of an Egyptian holiday, these coordinated terror attacks seem aimed at striking at the Egyptian government, viewed by radical Islamists as a tool of the West. Egypt relies heavily on its tourist industry for tax revenue and foreign currency.

"There is smoke coming from the area and there are people running everywhere," Reuters quoted a witness as saying.

Groups claiming links to al-Qaeda took responsibility for the attacks; Egyptian officials say that new militant Islamic groups have developed in the Sinai peninsula. Authorities do not know if there exist solid connections between the Dahab bombers and al-Qaeda or other international terrorist networks.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Death to Muslim radicals!

Dariush said...

"Coming in the midst of an Egyptian holiday, these coordinated terror attacks seem aimed at striking at the Egyptian government, viewed by radical Islamists as a tool of the West."

Mubarak's government is viewed the same way by most ordinary Egyptians, as well. And with good reason.

If there were ever any such thing as a free and fair election in Egypt, Mubarak would lose by such a margin that he, his family and his progeny would be shamed forever.

Hence, well...

Dariush said...

"Death to Muslim radicals!"

Thanks for that jewel of wisdom. Now off you go, back to alt-tabbing back and forth between Little Green Footballs, FrontPageMag.com, and hugehonkers.com

historymike said...

(Laughing at last comment of Darisuh)

Anonymous reminds me of the bumper sticker:

"DEATH TO ALL FANATICS!!"

Except that I doubt Anonymous said it with the same sense of irony.