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Egypt tourism minister voices regret over slain Frenchman

Minister of tourism insists Saturday's Sharm El-Sheikh slaying was 'random act' not directed at foreigners

Dalia Farouk , Sunday 29 Jan 2012
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The killing of a French tourist on Saturday in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh was a “random act” and not directed against foreigners, Egyptian Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour declared in a Sunday press statement.

Abdel-Nour pointed to the fact that two Egyptian nationals were also injured in the incident as proof that the assailants had not specifically targeted tourists.

The minister went on to express “sorrow and regret” for the death of the French tourist and the injury of a German tourist in an attack on a currency exchange office in Sharm.

He said the ministry had set up an “operations room” in the wake of the incident and had immediately informed the French and German embassies of the attack. Ministry and embassy officials also discussed arrangements for the repatriation of the French tourist’s body and medical treatment for the injured German tourist, said Abdel-Nour.

“Security forces have spared no effort to find and arrest the four criminals responsible,” the minister stated.

The Frenchman was reportedly killed when armed attackers raided a currency exchange office, according to security sources and French embassy officials.

South Sinai Governor General Khaled Fouda told Reuters that a German national also wounded in the attack was currently receiving treatment in hospital where he was in stable condition.

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30-01-2012 12:41am
Stop lying to us
The security forces may well be behind the attack. Like behind the attacks on the poor women in Tahrir Square. You beat and rape and murder and still you think a sloppy apology is going to be enough? Hypocrites. At least we see what is behind Egypts tourism: The bloodsplattered face of rapists and murderers!
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