Apr 24, 2006

Mubarak: "A Wicked Terrorist Act"

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Left: Tourists aid a victim of the terror attacks in Dahab

(Dahab, Egypt) Three explosions ripped throught the Egyptian resort town of Dahab today, leaving as many as 40 people dead and hundreds wounded.

One blast hit a tourist restaurant, another tore through a hotel and the third explosion was detonated in a supermarket in the resort town's tourist area about 7:15 p.m. local time (1:15 EST).

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak called the explosions a "wicked terrorist act," and local groups claiming al-Qaeda ties took responsibility.

"The president stressed the need to ... track down those responsible for this wicked terrorist act, so that they pay the penalty by force of law," the state news agency MENA said.

Coming on the Coptic Easter holiday, the attacks were likely intended to hit the Egyptian government where it is most vulnerable - its lucrative tourist industry. Similar terrorist attacks have occurred in Sinai resort areas over the past 18 months.

The bombings also come one day after Osama bin Laden released his latest video, which called for actions against the West and governments in the Middle East that are in league with the West.

A witness said the Al Capone restaurant, one of the area's most popular spots for tourists, was completely destroyed.

"The tables and chairs have gone, there is nothing left," said Joseph Nazir, who owns a safari company in Dahab. "Everybody is panicking, a lot of people are crying. We will be affected by this for a long, long time."

1 comment:

liberal_dem said...

The president stressed the need to ... track down those responsible for this wicked terrorist act, so that they pay the penalty by force of law,"

Is this something like, "We're gonna get bin Laden dead or alive!"