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Egyptian Authorities Charge 14 Over 2005 Tourist Attacks
Egypt sent for trial 14 people accused of involvement in a series of attacks on tourists last year, the public prosecutor said yesterday. The fourteen, including two women, were charged in connection with a bombing on April 30 close to the Egyptian museum, a popular tourist attraction, and a gun attack on a tourist bus the same day in another part of Cairo. The group was also accused of involvement in a bombing which killed three tourists at a Cairo bazaar last April 7.

State security investigators found that the 14 had made explosives using instructions from the internet, had helped purchase explosives and weapons and monitored tourist sites in preparation for the attacks. The two bombs in April killed the bombers and some officials described them as suicide operations. Two women who fired on the tourist bus on April 30 died that day. One committed suicide after shooting and fatally wounding the other. They were later identified by the Interior Ministry as one of the bomber’s fiancée and sister.
Posted by:Fred