Egypt boosts security presence in Luxor after incidents

Published March 18th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Egypt expanded security around tourist sites Saturday, March 17, in the pharaohic city of Luxor after a three-day hostage ordeal, the state news agency MENA said. 

 

"Any person or car entering or going out of these places will be searched," MENA said, citing security sources in Luxor. 

 

Tourist guide Ibrahim Said Mussa took four German tourists hostage Monday and held them until Thursday when he surrendered. Mussa had demanded to be reunited with his sons, who live with his estranged German wife in Europe. 

 

On Saturday near Cairo, a Japanese woman, who lives in Egypt, was stabbed by an Egyptian at the Giza pyramids. 

 

Her assailant, a 28-year-old barber from Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria, was shot and seriously wounded by police. — (AFP, Cairo) 

 

© Agence France Presse 2001

© 2001 Mena Report (www.menareport.com)

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