Attack in Islamic Cairo

Trip Start Dec 31, 2004
Trip End Apr 22, 2005

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Thursday, April 7, 2005

8:20 PM, April 7, 2005
Luxor, Egypt

A suspected terrorist attack just occurred near the Khan al-Khalili bazaar in Islamic Cairo just thirty minutes ago. So far two tourists (one French and one American) were reported killed. Initial reports claim that 19 other tourists have been injured. The bomb went off in the exact area where my last travelogue entry took place. The bomb appears to have been thrown from a speeding motorcycle and one eyewitness reported having seen a decapitated head in the vicinity.

I have been in Luxor however for the past three days. Tomorrow night I will be taking the train back to Cairo as planned. I had looked forward to wandering Islamic Cairo when I returned up north but will now make other plans.

A new installment reporting on the temples and tombs of Luxor will replace this news flash within 24 hours.

My sympathies to the families of the people who died and those who were injured in this attack.

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