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Egypt links Sharm attacks to 2004 bombings and arrests dozens

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Egypt links Sharm attacks to 2004 bombings and arrests dozens


Egypt says it is too early to say if al-Qaeda or other Islamist groups were behind the blasts that rocked the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in the early hours of Saturday.

A local official said 88 people were killed but the health minister has said 63 died. Most of the victims were Egyptian, but at least seven foreigners died, including a Czech citizen and an Italian.Police have detained 35 people in Sharm el-Sheikh who might have information about the bombers, who targeted a hotel and two shopping areas popular with tourists. Sixty people have been detained in northern Sinai.There have been conflicting claims of responsibility for Saturday’s bombings, none of them authenticated. As several hotels in Sharm el-Sheikh installed metal posts to block cars from entering, security officials said the attackers used 500 kg of “highly explosive materials” inside two car bombs and a suitcase. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Habib el-Adli has said the bombings were probably linked to last October’s attacks further north in the Sinai peninsula which killed 34 people. Three Egyptians are on trial for the attacks that hit Taba on the Israeli border and two resorts further south.A defence lawyer for two of them says they confessed under torture and said the real culprits could be behind Saturday’s bombs.
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