Terror strikes Sharm

07.23.05

Coordinated terrorist attacks in Sharm-el-Shiekh, Egypt yesterday killed at least 83 people and injured hundreds more:

At least 83 people were killed and 200 injured when car bombs ripped through shopping and hotel areas in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday in the worst attack in Egypt since 1981.

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.

The regional governor said two car bombs and possibly a suitcase bomb had rocked the resort, popular with divers and European holidaymakers, as well as diplomats who have convened world summits. Egypt has called it “the city of peace.”

One blast tore the front off the Ghazala Gardens Hotel in Naama Bay, the site of most of the resort’s luxury hotels. People were feared trapped in the rubble of the lobby.

A car broke into the hotel compound and exploded in front of the building, South Sinai Governor Mustafa Afifi said.

There are reports of “claims of responsibility” from an Al-Quaeda linked group. The stated motive/excuse was “retaliation for crimes against Muslims”.

This is truly sickening. But what I really can’t help but wonder is how long it will take for someone to blame even this on the U.S. and Israel, somehow.

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