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    Four Killed in Blast on Egypt Tour Bus

    Security officials and onlookers are seen at the site of a tourist bus blast in the Egyptian south Sinai resort town of Taba Feb. 16, 2014.
    Security officials and onlookers are seen at the site of a tourist bus blast in the Egyptian south Sinai resort town of Taba Feb. 16, 2014.
    Elizabeth Arrott
    An explosion has hit a tourist bus at Egypt's Taba border crossing with Israel, killing at least three South Korean travelers and the Egyptian bus driver.  There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.   

    The blast ripped through the bus, blowing out windows and part of the roof.  Initial reports indicate a bomb had been planted on or near the bus.

    South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda said all the details were not immediately clear.

    He said the Korean tourists had traveled from the popular tourist site of St. Catherine's at the base of Mount Sinai. They were waiting to transfer at the Israeli border when the blast went off.

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    Officials on both sides immediately closed the border crossing.

    Egyptian officials have condemned the attack.

    The Sinai peninsula, with its historic and tourist sites, is also home to jihadists and arms smugglers.  Vast swathes of the region are largely outside the government's control.  Much of the militant activity has been in the north.  Taba, St. Catherine's and most of the resorts are in southern Sinai.
     
    Violence has surged since the ouster last year of President Mohamed Morsi, with the government cracking down on Sinai militants and linking them to Mr. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, a claim the Brotherhood denies.
     
    The Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al Maqdis has claimed responsibility for many attacks on security personnel and installations in recent months, both in Sinai and increasingly in Cairo and the Nile Delta.

    The Taba blast marks a departure from that trend.  It is the first significant attack against foreigners and recalls a series of bombings in the Sinai in 2004.  Among them was a strike on the Taba Hilton hotel that claimed 31 lives.
     
    Egypt's tourism sector, devastated by three years of political unrest, had recently been trying to lure foreigners back by promoting areas outside of Cairo as safe.

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    by: harry bondi from: sydney
    February 17, 2014 6:18 AM
    where are the inteligent educated muslims condemning this butchery. if you dont condem these atrocities people will think you support them
    let your voices be heard
    In Response

    by: dr.music from: earth
    February 19, 2014 2:31 AM
    We are dooming our children to the arabs.
    This is our precise future because instead of
    banning madness and mental slavery we are politely ushering in gutter thoughts
    and paedophilia which is allowed and legal in this dirt bag cult. .

    Paedophilia is legal in islam. What will happen
    yo/our children???

    by: dr.music from: Earth
    February 17, 2014 3:19 AM
    Only idiots go to muslim countries to sight see. The planet's gene pool gets stronger with every dead idiot . Only with islam and muslims totally out of the gene-pool will we again start re-building earth as a human humane civilization. Till then we have to suffer the losses of all the brilliant minds and genetics that islam corrupts, kills or stunts.

    by: Eliran Al-Hadad from: Jerusalem
    February 16, 2014 2:18 PM
    The Salafists don't want the foreigners to see the huge gap in prosperity and freedom between the Sinai and Israel. Poor visitors who were curious.

    by: ali baba from: new york
    February 16, 2014 1:55 PM
    It is business as usual . violent is the new game for Muslim brotherhood. Syria is gone. Egypt will gone .Libya will gone all of this in the name of Islam

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