Chronology of attacks on tourists in Egypt

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CAIRO: Masked bandits kidnapped a group of 19 foreign tourists and Egyptians at gunpoint as they were on a desert safari in a remote corner of southwestern Egypt.

The following is a chronology of attacks in Egypt targeting tourists and foreigners since the early 1990s:


Oct. 21: A British tourist is killed near Dairut in southern Egypt. Egypt s main Islamic militant group, Jamaa Islamiyya, claims responsibility.


Feb. 26: Two tourists, a Turk and a Swede, as well as an Egyptian, are killed in a bomb blast in a central Cairo cafe. Nineteen other people, including six foreigners, are wounded.

June 8: A bomb hurled into a tourist bus near the pyramids in Cairo kills two Egyptians and wounds 15 others, including two British tourists.

Oct. 26: Two Americans, a Frenchman and an Italian are killed and two other tourists injured at the Semiramis hotel in Cairo. Police confine the attacker to a psychiatric hospital but he escapes in 1997 and firebombs a coach outside Cairo s Egyptian Museum.


March 4: Jamaa Islamiyya claims an attack against a Nile cruise ship in southern Egypt in which a German woman tourist is seriously wounded and later dies.

Aug. 26: A young Spanish tourist is shot dead during an attack against a minibus by terrorists on the road between the Nile towns of Luxor and Sohag.

Sept 27: Two Germans and two Egyptians are killed in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Two Jamaa Islamiyya militants are hanged for the killings in


Oct. 23: Jamaa Islamiyya claims two attacks in southern Egypt in which one Briton is killed and five others, including three British tourists, are wounded.


April 18: 18 Greek tourists are killed and 14 wounded in an attack in front of the Europa hotel near the Giza Pyramids. Jamaa Islamiyya claims responsibility, saying the attack was aimed at Jewish tourists.


Sept. 18: Nine German holidaymakers and their Egyptian driver are killed when their bus is firebombed outside the Egyptian Museum.

Nov. 17: Sixty-two people, including 58 foreign holidaymakers, are killed in an attack in the southern city of Luxor that was claimed by Jammaa Islamiyya.


Oct. 7: Thirty-four people, including several Israeli tourists, are killed and more than 10 wounded in three bombings in the Sinai resorts of Taba and Nuweiba.


April 7: A blast in the mediaeval Islamic heart of Cairo kills two French nationals and an American as well as the bomber in what the authorities insist is an isolated incident.

April 30: One person dies and eight are wounded in a bomb blast near the Egyptian Museum shortly before police kill one woman and seriously wound another after they open fire on a tourist bus.

July 23: About 70 people are killed in three bombings in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, the deadliest in the country since a wave of Islamist attacks in the mid-1990s. Four groups claim the attacks, including one linked to Al-Qaeda


April 24: At least 22 people are killed and 150 wounded in three blasts in a busy restaurant area in Egypt s Red Sea resort of Dahab during the high tourism season, state television said.


Sept. 22: Masked bandits kidnap a group of 19 foreign tourists and Egyptians at gunpoint as they are on a desert safari in a remote corner of southwestern Egypt. -AFP

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