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President Bush Expresses 'Deep Regret' Over Suez Canal Shooting


President Bush has expressed "deep regret" at the killing of an Egyptian citizen by a U.S. Navy-chartered ship near the Suez Canal this week.

Mr. Bush extended his sympathies during a telephone call to Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak Thursday. He said the United States will investigate Monday's incident.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo said the crew on the civilian ship issued a warning in Arabic, then fired a flare and two sets of warning shots, after the Egyptian boat ignored calls to stay away.

Officials say the Egyptian boat was carrying goods to sell to ships passing through the Suez Canal when it approached the U.S. vessel, called Global Patriot.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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