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Egyptian Police Continue Hunt For Bombers

26 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Egyptian security forces today are continuing a search for those responsible for explosions at Sharm el-Sheikh on 23 July that killed more than 60 people. That figure has been officially reduced from the 88 victims originally reported.

Police sources say security forces had exchanged gunfire on 25 July with suspects in desert mountains near the Red Sea resort. But few details of the operation were immediately available.

Three separate Islamic militant groups have claimed responsibility for the bombing attacks, which struck hotel and shopping areas in the resort.

Tourism Minister Ahmed el-Maghrabi said most of the victims were Egyptians. Seven non-Egyptians -- including two Italians, one Briton, one American, and a Czech -- have also been confirmed dead. Ten Britons and four Italians are still missing.


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