Egyptian police kill suspect in Taba resort bombings (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Haaretz Service and Reuters ISMAILIA, Egypt 02/01/05 19:43 (GMT+2)
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ISMAILIA, Egypt - At least one person was killed on Tuesday in a gun
battle between Egyptian police and Bedouin accused of helping bomb
three tourist resorts on Egypt´s Red Sea coast in October, official
sources said. Thirty-four people, including 12 Israelis, were killed
in the October 7 attacks.
An Egyptian Interior Ministry statement said later that one suspect,
named as fugitive Mohammed Abdel Rahman Badawi, was killed and one
policeman was wounded.
The ministry said Badawi had taken part in the attack on the Badia
camp near Nuweiba, one of the three resorts hit on October 7 in the
Two earlier separate police sources had said five people - three
policemen, one of the suspects and a bystander - died in the
fighting in hills near the town of Ras Sudr.
Tuesday´s fighting took place in the hills near Ain Sudr, inland
from the west coast town of Ras Sudr and about 185 kilometers (115
miles) east of Cairo, it said.
The Interior Ministry statement said police started searching the
hilly area on Monday evening after receiving information that
fugitives were hiding out in caves there.
"These elements began by opening fire on a police vehicle in an
attempt to break out of the security cordon, which forced an
exchange of fire," it said.
Badawi was found to be carrying an automatic weapon and a pistol, it
He was not one of the two men named by police in October as the
surviving bombers. Two other bombers were killed in the resort of
Taba when their bomb went off early, they said.
Police said in October they had arrested five men, all Sinai
Bedouin, as accomplices in the bombings. Most of them were from the
north coast town of El Arish, near the Israeli border.
They named the two fugitive bombers at the time as Mohammed Ahmed
Saleh Fulayfel and Hammad Gumaa.
Police had concentrated their investigations on the El Arish area,
where human rights groups say they have detained up to 2,500 people
for questioning for varying periods, subjecting many of them to
torture. Egyptian authorities deny the torture. (© Copyright 2004
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