18 February 2014

Egypt: Interior Ministry Spokesman - Initial Information Refers to Suicide Bomber Took Advantage of Bus Driver Opened Door, Stepped in

Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Major General Hany Abdellatif said the driver of the tourist bus had accompanied two Korean tourists few minutes before the bombing to the bus luggage box and upon their return to their seats, a strange person mounted into the bus and then the bombing went off.

Abdellatif said the bus was under security control, adding all tourist teams in Egypt are fully secured and are followed up by security patrols.

The spokesman said the security bodies have achieved notable successes in dealing with terrorist elements as the Ministry of Interior has aborted many terrorist operations. He said the ministry has managed to dry up the sources of financing terrorist groups in Egypt to a great extent.

He referred to the terrorist who was arrested in the sixth of October and admitted planning for breaking into gold shops.

He said another terrorist who was arrested in Bani Sueif was from the young elements of terrorists and that was trained on acts of violence in the Egyptian street.

Abdellatif said Egypt is facing successive terrorist waves from outside and inside, adding the more the security bodies achieve success the more these groups seek to spread chaos.

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