Saturday, July 23, 2005
Massive manhunt for terrorists in Egypt in wake of Sharm attack.
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt - Just days after the latest London strikes, the world reeled from yet another apparent Al-Qaida-linked hit. Egyptian investigators said they were looking into the possibility that foreigners carried out the string of blasts that leveled the reception area of a luxury tourist hotel and ripped apart a cafe crowded with Egyptians at 1:15 A.M. Saturday morning.
Three explosions ripped through the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh early Saturday, tearing through a hotel and a coffeeshop packed with European and Egyptian tourists. Police and medical officials said that at least 88 people were killed in the deadliest attack in Egypt in nearly a decade.
Shaken European tourists spoke of mass panic and hysteria as people fled the carnage in the early hours, with bodies strewn across the roads, people screaming and sirens wailing.
A group citing ties to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the bombings, according to a statement posted on an Islamic Web site.
The group, calling itself the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, al-Qaida, in Syria and Egypt, said that its "holy warriors targeted the Ghazala Gardens hotel and the Old Market in Sharm el-Sheikh."
"We reaffirm that this operation was in response to the crimes committed by the forces of international evil, which are spilling the blood of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Chechny."