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UPDATED: 10:15, April 25, 2006
Roundup: 30 killed in triple explosions in Egypt's Red Sea resort
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Three explosions rocked Red Sea resort of Dahab in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday evening, killing at least 30 and wounding more than 100, Egyptian police and medics said.

The deadly explosions took place almost simultaneously at around 7:00 p.m. local time (1700 GMT) in front of Nelson Cafeteria and Bar, Aladdin Cafeteria and Ghazala Supermarket as result of remote-controlled bombs planted in advance, police said.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement that 23 including three foreigners were killed and 62 wounded in the blasts.

A witness in the tourist bazaar area of Dahab town said that a plume of smoke rose above the area and panicky people were running around after huge explosions.

Dozens of ambulances and police cars rushed to the scenes which were littered with body parts and pools of blood.

A witness said that 30 bodies were moved to a hospital, 14 of them were severely damaged while the rest awaiting identification.

Interior Minister Habib el-Adly left for Dahab to carry out investigation into the blasts.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak condemned the triple explosions in Dahab as "terrorist act".

"The perpetrators of these heinous acts of terrorism will be tracked down and punished," Mubarak said.

U.S. President George W. Bush, French President Jacques Chirac, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan denounced the terror attack in Dahab and sent condolence to the families of victims.

This was the second such attack on Red Sea resorts in Sinai Peninsula since last July.

At least 60 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in three bomb explosions in Egypt's most popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, 85 km south of Dahab, on July 23, 2005.

No group or individual has yet claimed responsibility for the Dahab blasts, which happened on Egypt's traditional Spring holiday.

Source: Xinhua


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