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88 Killed in Bomb Blasts Targeting Egyptian Red Sea Resorts

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says a wave of bombings Saturday, that killed at least 88 people in a popular Red Sea resort town have only increased his determination to battle and defeat terrorists.

His comment come hours after at least three nearly-simultaneous explosions tore through the lobby of a luxury hotel, the Ghazala Gardens, a parking lot and a market in Sharm el-Sheikh, just after 1:00 a.m. local time Saturday. At least two of the explosions are believed to be car bombs.

Officials say most of the dead are Egyptians, but at least eight foreigners have been confirmed killed. More than 100 people were injured, many of them seriously.

Egypt's interior minister, Habib al-Adli, said there is some information linking the blasts with the October bombings in the Sinai resort town of Taba that killed 34 people.

An Internet claim of responsibility from a group calling itself the Abdullah Azzam Brigades of al-Qaida in the Levant and Egypt could not be immediately verified.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.