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World Leaders Condemn Bomb Attacks in Egypt

  • Barry Newhouse

World leaders have condemned the series of bomb attacks in an Egyptian resort town that killed at least 88 people and wounded more than 100 others early Saturday. The attacks in Egypt follow multiple bombings in London and an explosion in Beirut in recent days.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak visited the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh hours after three near-simultaneous explosions tore through a luxury hotel, a parking lot and a market at around 1:00 a.m. local time. Mr. Mubarak later condemned the attack in a televised address.

Mr. Mubarak said terrorism is expanding around the world. He noted that Saturday's attacks came on the eve of the anniversary of Egypt's 1952 revolution, when the country became a republic. He said the attacks only increase his determination to uproot terrorism.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who met for talks in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Saturday, condemned the attacks. Ms. Rice expressed sympathy for the victims and solidarity with the Egyptian government.

"We continue, all of us in the civilized world, to face great challenges in terrorism," she said, "and we continue to be united in the view that terrorism must be confronted, and they (the terrorists) will not succeed in destroying our way of life."

Egyptian officials say most of those killed in the attacks on the Red Sea resort town are Egyptians, but at least eight foreigners have been confirmed dead.

The attacks followed a bomb blast in Beirut Friday that injured 12 people.

On Thursday, a series of small explosions on London's public transportation system caused no serious injuries. They mirrored similar coordinated bomb attacks two weeks before that killed 56 people, and British authorities have launched a massive investigation into the blasts.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the attacks show that the struggle against terrorism reaches beyond national borders.

Jack Straw
"It shows that the fight against this terrorism is international," he said. "I've spoken this morning to my colleague, the Egyptian foreign minister, to assure him of our full support, and our full solidarity with the Egyptian people, and the Egyptian government. Their fight is ours. Our fight is theirs."

Top officials from France, Russia, Jordan, Iran, Iraq and other nations also condemned the latest attacks, and expressed sympathy for the victims.

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