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Blast hits Sinai tourist bus in Egypt's Taba, at least 4 dead

Three Korean tourists and Egyptian driver confirmed dead in attack on bus in Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Taba; investigations underway

Ahram Online, Sunday 16 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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An attack on a tourist bus in the Red Sea resort town of Taba killed at least four on Sunday.
 
It is the first attack on tourists during a terrorist campaign that has rocked the country since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
 
Three Korean tourists and the Egyptian bus driver were killed, while 14 others were injured in the blast on Sunday afternoon, security sources told Al-Ahram's correspondent in South Sinai.
 
Earlier, security sources had told Al-Ahram Arabic news website that the bus was targeted by a missile. 
 
However, South Sinai governor Khaled Fouda told private satellite channel CBC TV that the blast resulted from an explosive device planted on the bus. 
 
Fouda stressed that investigations are still underway: "Until they are over, we cannot be sure of the cause of the explosion."
 
The explosion damaged the front of the bus, the interior ministry said.
 
The bus was on route from Saint Catherine to Taba where it was hit by the blast near the Taba crossing.
 
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People and security officials walk and look as smoke rises from a tourist bus in the Red Sea resort town of Taba in the south Sinai, February 16, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
 
Most casualties were taken to Taba and Nuweiba hospitals, Ahram Arabic reporter Hani El-Asmar said. While the urgent cases were taken to Sharm El-Sheikh International Hospital.
 
Embassies can transfer their nationals via airplane if needed, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou told CBC.
 
Thirty tourists of various nationalities were on the bus when it was attacked.
 
The authorities have closed off the international road leading to Taba to search for the perpetrators.
 
Seoul is in constant contact with the Egyptian authorities, Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tae-young told the Korean Times.
 
A pattern of bombings and assassination attempts has been growing since Morsi's ouster.
 
The main targets have been police and military installations in the Sinai Peninsula.
 
There have also been an increasing number of attacks in Cairo and the Nile Delta region in recent months.
 
Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, an Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamist militant group based in Sinai, has taken responsibility for many recent attacks in Egypt.
 
The last major attack on tourists in Egypt took place in 2006 when a bomb killed 23 people in Dahab in South Sinai.
 
In 2005, 88 people died in a bomb attack in Sharm El-Sheikh, an hour drive from Dahab.
 
In 2004, 34 people died and 135 were injured in a terrorist blast in Taba.
 
The Egyptian tourism industry, once worth more than a tenth of the country's economic output, has been struggling to recover since the 2011 revolution.
 
It has suffered further blows since last summer's political upheaval, which saw Islamist president Mohamed Morsi ousted after mass protests against his rule.
 
Egypt welcomed around 8.7 million tourists in the first eleven months of 2013, compared with 10.5 million in the same period of 2012.
 
In October 2013, Zaazou said that Egypt aimed to attract 13.5 million visitors in 2014, to bring in around $11 billion.
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Ervin
17-02-2014 01:34pm
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trolls
The comments against the terrorist yesterday night were all up-thumbed, whereas now all are highly down-thumbed. Apparently in the night there were many readers of Ikwan... Stupid Ikwan trolls, we know that it's you. And your preferred time to work is in the night, hidden, just like common terrorists and thieves.
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Tobin
17-02-2014 10:58am
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What's the priority, patients or politics?
Why isn't the world asking Egypt why they didn't allow the 13 ambulances waiting across the border to enter Egypt? Yoseftal Hospital is less than 15 minutes away and within minutes of the attack had transformed itself into a mass casualty trauma center waiting for victims. A helicopter with 5 intensive care beds even arrived to transport stabilized patients for any further treatment they could have needed. Even though the Egyptian Ministry of Health sent an extra 16 doctors and 40 nurses to the region, it seems that politics not the best interest of the patients was the priority.
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tim
23-02-2014 11:49am
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Politics trumps saving lives
In the battle for Egyptian public opinion it would not look good to let Israeli medical personal across the border to save lives. Saving lives is secondary to scoring political points.
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Albert
17-02-2014 07:41am
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Letus admit it, Egypt is collapsing. The Sisi coups is failing.
Egyptians can not make a decent living, the interior Ministry is behaving like the Nazi SS, and Sisi wants to become the King of Egypt. May be Egypt ought to be destroyed and rebuilt anew. May be Egyptians ought to learn something about humanity and human dignity. Maybe we should learn that we are a nation overwhelmed with ignorance. Maybe we should admit that the Islamists were right after all and we were the real anti-democrats, the real criminals.
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Hesham Tawfik
17-02-2014 04:08pm
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I agree
I totally agree with you
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dissapointment
17-02-2014 05:00am
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Jump to your own conclusion while the investigation is still on?
Although, this writer clearly reported that Fouda stressed that investigations are still underway:"Until they are over, we cannot be sure of the cause of the explosion.", many seem to have jumped to their own conclusion.Well, I don't deny the possibility, but such attitude doesn't improve this country. Such attitude shows the nation can be easy to be manipulated, unfortunately.
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David
17-02-2014 03:10am
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A sad day
It's sad to see how divided this Courtney has become, it has lost respect of all people of the free world, which was not to be expected after it got rid of Mubarak.
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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
16-02-2014 11:16pm
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PEOPLE WANT
PEOPLE WANT THE "EKHWAN" EXECUTED.
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Moeen
16-02-2014 09:50pm
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This is the last desperate attempt for the terrorim!
this is athe last vile attempt for terrorism after they lost the hope of any empathy from the egyption people's side Now they are proving easily for the whole world that they are terrorists, Egypt will continue her struggle against terrorism till the last breath of the loyal Egyptian
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Allen
16-02-2014 07:47pm
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Hard to imagine the level of ignorance.
Does the brotherhood think these acts of random terror will bring the brotherhoods leadership out of their cages??... And handed positions of leadership to run Egypt?
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Albert
16-02-2014 07:17pm
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Immediate retaliation
All terror attacks must trigger immediate bombing retaliation against all supporters of terror starting with hamas. Egypt will overcome. Long live Egypt.
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Jesus Abu thanab
16-02-2014 06:47pm
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IMPOTENT COUP AUTHORITIES CAN'T PROTECT TOURISTS
SISI IS TERORIST. lIBERALS ARE TERRORIST. COPTIC CHURCH IS TERRORIST. I AM TERRORIST. ALLAHO AKBAR
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