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French Cairo victims return home


The relatives of victims injured in a bombing in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday have welcomed their loved ones home to Paris.

The explosion claimed the life of one 17-year old girl and injured 25 people, most of them students from the town of Levallois north of Paris who were on a school trip. The deputy mayor of Levallois Jean-Yves Cavallini said: “She was an only daughter. She was about to take her baccalaureate. It’s terrible. These are moments you wish you never had to live.” Police initially arrested 11 people in connection with the attack, the first targetting tourists in Egypt in three years. The explosion went off in a crowded square near Cairo’s famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar just after nightfall. A second device was found shortly afterwards but was detonated safely. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which could affect tourism in Egypt, which had picked up in recent years after a lull following a spate of attacks between 2004 and 2006. Cairo’s bazaar was the scene of a similar attack in 2005, in which several foreigners were killed. It is unclear whether the police have any evidence against the suspects. After such incidents, they tend to cast their net very wide but most of the people they question are usually released.

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