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UN Security Council slams deadly terrorist attack in Egypt

English.news.cn   2014-02-17 11:58:07

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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) -- The UN Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned a terrorist attack on a tourist bus in south Sinai in Egypt, which killed four people, including three South Korean tourists.

It called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack," the 15-nation UN body said in a statement.

The Security Council also extended condolences to the families of the victims and expressed sympathy to those injured in this "heinous act," and to the people and governments of Egypt and the Republic of Korea.

A bomb exploded in the front part of a bus carrying South Korean sightseers near an Egyptian border crossing to Israel in southern Sinai on Sunday, killing three tourists and an Egyptian driver.

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

"The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security," the statement said, adding that terrorist acts need to be combatted by all means.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier Sunday also strongly condemned the attack.

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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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