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UN chief slams deadly terrorist attack on tourist bus in Egypt

English.news.cn   2014-02-17 07:51:14

ISREAL-EGYPT-TABA BORDER-BUS EXPLOSION
An ambulance is ready to carry out rescue operation on the Israeli side of the Taba border crossing between Egyptian city and the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat, on Feb. 16, 2014. At least four people, including three South Korean nationals were killed, and 13 others injured in a bus explosion on Sunday on the Egypt's Taba border crossing in Sinai Peninsula, the Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Ahmed Kamel told Xinhua. Israeli security forces and emergency medical teams scrambled to the Taba border crossing after the powerful blast here on Sunday afternoon. (Xinhua/JINI)

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Sunday strongly condemned a deadly terrorist attack on a tourist bus in southern Sinai, Egypt, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

A bus in the southern Sinai town of Taba was struck by a terrorist attack Sunday, which reportedly killed four people, including three tourists from the Republic of Korea, and injured many others.

In a statement issued by Ban's spokesman, the secretary-general "conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and to the governments of Egypt and the Republic of Korea," the statement said. Ban also "calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice."

A bomb exploded in the front part of the bus carrying ROK sightseers near Taba border crossing with Israel in southern Sinai. Three tourists and an Egyptian driver were killed in the attack, reports said.

It was the first attack on tourists since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian army in July sparked civil unrest and a spate of attacks across the country that have mainly targeted security forces.

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4 killed in tourist bus explosion in Egypt's Taba

CAIRO, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- At least four people, including three South Korean nationals were killed, and 13 others injured in a bus explosion on Sunday on the Egypt's Taba border crossing in Sinai Peninsula, the Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Ahmed Kamel told Xinhua.

The interior ministry said in a statement that "the tourist bus was waiting at Taba border crossing when its front part exploded."    Full story

Sinai bus explosion to harm Egypt's tourism

CAIRO, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's bus explosion on Sunday in the governorate of South Sinai, which killed three tourists from the Republic of Korea as well as the Egyptian driver, is likely to harm the country's already-suffering tourism.

In the volatile peninsula of Sinai, many attacks occurred in the past few months targeting security personnel and facilities, but Sunday's blast, in the border town of Taba, is the first to target tourists since July 2005, when a spree of bombings killed 88 Egyptians and foreigners in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.   Full story

 

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