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Triple Blasts in Egyptian Resort Kill 18


Egyptian authorities say at least eight people have been detained in connection with bombing attacks that police now say killed 18 people late Monday in the Egyptian resort city of Dahab.

Speaking Tuesday, an Egyptian Interior Ministry spokesman said six foreigners and 12 Egyptians were killed, revising an earlier death toll of 23. He said 62 people were wounded in the almost simultaneous explosions, which ripped through a crowded promenade of shops, restaurants and bars.

Security forces were searching the wreckage today, and the Interior Ministry says police are working to determine whether the blasts were triggered by timers or by remote control. The spokesman says police do not believe suicide bombers were involved. There has been no claim of responsibility.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says the bombings were an act of terrorism, and he has pledged to track down those responsible. Israel is offering to send emergency teams to the scene.

President Bush condemned the bomb plot as a "heinous" attack against innocent civilians. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan also denounced the bombings and extended condolences to the victims.

Nearly 100 people have been killed in terrorist attacks on Sinai resorts since October, 2004. Last July, similar bomb explosions at Sharm el-Sheikh, on the Red Sea, killed at least 64 people.

Monday evening's attack came during Coptic Christian celebrations of Easter, and one day before Egypt's annual observance of Sinai Liberation Day, marking Israel's withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982.
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