Obscure group claims Cairo blast

A previously unknown group calling itself the Islamic Brigades of Pride in Egypt has claimed responsibility for the attack on tourists in downtown Cairo, a statement on the internet said.

    Egypt was caught in a wave of violence in the 1990s

    The authenticity of the statement could not immediately be verified.

    The blast on Thursday evening, apparently caused by a booby-trapped motorcycle, was

    the first attack against foreigners in the capital in more than

    seven years and came amid upheaval in Egypt's

    political scene.

     

    The internet statement said the attack was perpetrated "to avenge our brothers, martyrs of injustice, and detainees" and to prove to Egyptian President Husni Mubarak who "speaks of sleeper cells that there are also active mujahidin working against him and his likes".

    Egyptian Tourism Minister Ahmad al-Maghrabi said a

    Frenchwoman and a US national had been killed in the blast, while

    the third victim had not yet been identified.

    He said three Americans, two French and four Egyptians were

    also being treated at hospital. One of the French nationals was

    in a serious condition while the other wounded were stable, he added.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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