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Taba blast was caused by a suicide bomber: Interior ministry

Sunday's blast which killed four, including three South Koreans, was caused by suicide bomber who took advantage of moment when door was open and boarded bus, despite security forces trailing behind

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Feb 2014
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The damaged tourist bus that was attacked on Sunday in the Red Sea resort town of Taba (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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The bombing of a tourist bus on Sunday in Taba, South Sinai, was caused by a suicide bomber who boarded the bus and detonated the explosion immediately after, said interior ministry spokesperson Hani Abdel-Latif.

Prior to the blast, the bus driver had accompanied two South Korean tourists to the baggage hold. As they returned to the bus, an unknown man followed them inside and the bomb went off immediately, said Abdel-Latif, as reported by Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

The bomber took advantage of the moment when the bus door was open and the driver and the two tourists were returning to their seats, Abdel-Latif added.

Sunday's attack on a bus filled with 33 tourists not far from the Israeli border was the worst terrorist attack in the South Sinai resort area in almost eight years.

Abdel-Latif said that according to preliminary investigations, the death of the suicide bomber would bring the death toll to five – three South Koreans, the Egyptian bus driver, plus the bomber. At least 14 others were injured.

The bomber has not yet been identified. Security forces have found body parts at the site of the blast, which likely belong to the bomber, Abdel-Latif said, but investigations are still ongoing.

At the time of the explosion, the bus was being followed by security forces in separate vehicles, protocol for tourist convoys in South Sinai, Abdel-Latif said. One security officer was injured in the blast.

Abdel-Latif blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the attack.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Abdel-Latif said that Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim is implementing a new security plan to further secure all tourists and tourist sites in the country.

Earlier on Monday, health minister Maha El-Rabat and tourism minister Hisham Zaazou travelled to Sharm El-Sheikh International Hospital to visit those injured in the blast.

Egypt has been rocked by a wave of bombings since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, a militant group from Sinai that is affiliated with Al-Qaeda, has claimed most of the attacks, which have largely targeted security installations and personnel.

Sunday's bombing was the first time civilians had been directly targeted.

The last major attack on tourists in Egypt was in April 2006, when a bomb killed 23 people in Dahab in South Sinai.

 

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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
18-02-2014 02:38pm
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A SUCIDE BOMBER MEANS END OF TERRORISM IS COMING SOON
WITHOUT THE ENDLESS EFFORTS OF THE EG. ARMY AND POLICE, WE WOULD HAVE A TERRORISTIC ATTACK EVERY DAY ON TOURISTS. ALSO USING A SUICIDE BOMBER MEANS THAT THEY CAN NOT BREAKTHROUGH THE SECURITY SIEGE FORCED IN SINAI TO PROTECT TOURISTS. WE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF SINAI YOUTH WHO BELIEVE IN SUCH VERY DESTRUCTIVE IDEAS OF (TAKPHEER) .
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Joe
17-02-2014 11:47pm
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Hang on
Two Koreans ask the driver to let them get to the luggage hold, then the 2 Koreans and driver return and immediately a bomb goes off. If you were a detective wouldn't prime suspects be the 2 'Koreans'? Something smells fishy here and especially since no one claimed responsibility so far!
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TH
17-02-2014 05:30pm
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Doesn't make sense !
Are we supposed to believe this ? This suicide bomber was just waiting at the side of the road for a bus to stop and then climb on board and blow himself up? This while security vehicles were behind the bus ? What really happened ?
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Masry
17-02-2014 08:36pm
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You people are Crazy
What Happened in Taba was a an murderous attack by filthy cowards terrorist who killed tourist who saved their money and wanted to visit the beautiful historic country that is currently infested by murdering cowards that will be burned in hell inchalla by god for hiding behind religion and comitting disgusting acts and then say allah akbar. you don't know allah you cowards you are a cancer. the ignorant people who supports these cowards are just as bad. who cares if it was a suicide bomber or the bomb was placed at the door or roof then detonated. the cancer must be removed inchalla El Sisi will set the army free on these savages
Ostasia
17-02-2014 06:16pm
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Suicide Bomber myths
Suicide Bombers are much more rare than we are made to believe - most of the time the person is told to deliver a device either in car or by dropping a bag and walk away, what then happens is as soon as they are in position another person sets it off, killing the guy who placed the bomb so as to eradicate witnesses. The bus in this incident is damaged in the front and the roof burnt all the way to the back, yet the lower parts are intact. My first thought was the bomb was placed on top of the bus, as if someone threw it near the front on the roof. I somehow find this story peculiar to say the least. If a stranger follows me in the bus, I'd be reacting and not even let him enter.
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