Thursday, April 20, 2006

Egypt thwarts plot to attack tourist areas

An article on the International Herald Tribune website about the successful intervention by the Egyptian state in thwarting a terrorist campaign: "The Egyptian government said Wednesday that it had broken up a group of at least 22 militant Islamists planning bomb attacks on tourists, a gas pipeline near Cairo, and Muslim and Christian leaders. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the so-called Victorious Group had members in suburbs of the capital and was led by a 26-year-old humanities student named Ahmed Muhammad Ali Gabr. It did not say how many of the 22 suspects, who ranged in age from 19 to 31 years, had been arrested."
The article says that in spite of recently reported high visitor numbers for last year, this year's figures have been less successful, and speculates that this may be due to the threat from terrorism and the impact of the Danish cartoon controversy.
See the above page for the full story.

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