April 24, 2006

Explosions heard in Egyptian resort town: witness

CAIRO (Reuters) - A witness said he heard three explosions
and saw smoke in the tourist bazaar area of the Egyptian Sinai
resort town of Dahab on Monday, part of a five-day spring
holiday in Egypt.

"There is smoke coming from the area and there are people
running everywhere," said the witness, who did not want to be

The explosions were heard about 7:15 p.m. local time (1315
EDT) the witness said.

A interior ministry official confirmed there had been
explosions but said he had no further information.

"There were explosions but the picture is still not clear,"
he said.

Last July, at least 60 people, including foreigners, were
killed and more than 200 were wounded when two car bombs and a
suitcase ripped through hotels and shopping areas in Egypt's
tourist area of Sharm el-Sheikh.