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Three Koreans among dead in Egyptian tourist bus explosion

Published on Feb 16, 2014 10:11 PM
 
An explosion on a tourist bus in Egypt's Sinai peninsula killed three Koreans and the Egyptian driver on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014, the Interior Ministry said, an apparent turning point in an Islamist insurgency that has gained pace since an army takeover in July. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (REUTERS) - An explosion on a tourist bus in Egypt's Sinai peninsula killed three Koreans and the Egyptian driver on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said, an apparent turning point in an Islamist insurgency that has gained pace since an army takeover in July.

The ministry said the bus was travelling from St. Catherine's Monastery, a popular tourist destination in the south Sinai, to nearby Israel when it was attacked.

It did not state the cause of the blast. But two security sources said an explosive device planted either inside or near the bus was used.

Al Qaeda-inspired Islamist militants based in the largely lawless Sinai have stepped up attacks on security forces since army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted elected President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July.

 
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