Tuesday 6 December 2016

Suicide bomber targets Luxor tourist site

Andrew Marszal in Cairo

Published 11/06/2015 | 02:30

Tourists point out the hieroglyphic on columns in the Hypostyle Hall at the Karnak Temple in Luxor where a suicide bomber struck yesterday.
Tourists point out the hieroglyphic on columns in the Hypostyle Hall at the Karnak Temple in Luxor where a suicide bomber struck yesterday.

A suicide bomber and two other suspected Islamist terrorists have attacked an ancient Egyptian temple near Luxor, which is popular with tourists.

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The bomber attacked the Karnak Temple in the southern Egyptian city yesterday morning. According to initial reports, he blew himself up in the car park. Two other men attempting to storm a barricade leading to the temple site were killed in a shoot-out with police.

Within a few hours of the first attack, the Egyptian tourism ministry said there had been another terrorist incident in the Pyramids area. A health ministry spokesman said four Egyptians were wounded and casualties included bazaar shop owners and two policemen. Egypt's state news reported that no tourists were injured,

The attack was the first to target attractions in Luxor since November 1997, when Islamic militants opened fire on tourists at the city's 3,400-year-old Hatshepsut Temple on the west bank of the Nile, killing 58. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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