Police in Cairo cordoned off an area popular with tourists after a bomb attack killed one person and injured another 20.The explosion, just after dark, struck the 14th century Khan el-Khalili market. First reports said four people were killed in the blast but Egypt’s health ministry has now confirmed that one person died – a French tourist. Among the wounded are 10 other French nationals, one German and three people from Saudi Arabia. Some of the injured are said to be in a serious condition. Mixed witness reports have claimed that the device was thrown from a motorbike while another report said two devices were thrown from a hotel roof. A second device was later found and defused by bomb disposal experts. Egypt relies heavily on tourism – it is the country’s top hard currency earner. Recently visitor levels had reached record levels. It was not clear who was behind the attack. Islamic militants have previously targeted foreign tourists.
Bomb blast in Cairo targets tourists