Deadly Cairo bombing 'did not target French'

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CAIRO: Egyptian security services do not believe a deadly bombing near a tourist site in Cairo that killed a French teenager was targeting French people in particular, an official told AFP on Wednesday.

The inquiry is continuing, dozens of people have been questioned and three suspects are in custody, but that French people were the target is not proven, the security official said on condition of anonymity.

The authorities believe a tiny Islamist cell carried out the attack near the famed 14th century Khan El-Khalili bazaar on Sunday, according to the government press.

A 17-year-old French girl was killed and 23 other people, mostly French tourists but also including three Saudis, three Egyptians and a German, were wounded in the blast.

It was the first deadly attack on tourists in Egypt since 2006.

France was not targeted directly, government spokesman Luc Chatel said in Paris on Wednesday. It was more of a random attack aimed at sowing terror and trouble for tourism. -AFP

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