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Suicide bomber likely behind tourist attack in Egypt: Police

Published on Feb 17, 2014 9:13 PM
 
The wreckage of a tourist bus at the site of a bomb explosion in the Egyptian south Sinai resort town of Taba, on Feb 16, 2014. Egyptian police said on Monday, Feb 17, 2014, they believe a suicide bomber triggered the blast in a bus that killed three South Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian police said on Monday they believe a suicide bomber triggered the blast in a bus that killed three South Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver.

The attack on Sunday, near the Taba border crossing with Israel, was the first targeting tourists since the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July set off a wave of bombings that have killed scores of policemen and soldiers.

After reviewing CCTV footage of the attack, police concluded a suicide bomber had boarded the tourist bus and detonated explosives near the door.

"The preliminary investigation shows some tourists disembarked to get their bags. A man walked to the bus. There was an explosion when he reached the third step," interior ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif told AFP.

 
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