Three explosions blast Dahab, Egypt

At least 18 are dead and over 150 injured. Via AP:

CAIRO, Egypt β€” Three explosions Monday night rocked the Egyptian resort city of Dahab at the height of the tourist season, killing at least 18 people and wounding more than 150 at just one hotel, according to the doctor who runs Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula rescue squad.

Dr. Said Essa said he was headed to the scene of the blasts and that his casualty figures were for victims at the el-Khaleeg Hotel only. He said there were casualties at the scene of the other blasts, but he had no details.

Al-Jazeera television said one of the explosions hit a restaurant.

There have been a string of attacks in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula over 18 months, including deadly Al Qaeda-style bombings in the Egyptian resorts of Taba and Ras Shitan in October 2004 and in Sharm el-Sheik in July.

Just who is claiming responsibility for this wave of terrorist attacks?

Groups claiming links to Al Qaeda took responsibility for those attacks, and Egyptian authorities say new Islamic militant groups have arisen in the peninsula — but they are still trying to determine if they have any real connection to Al Qaeda or other international terrorists.

My money would be on “yes, they do.”

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