Egypt: French tourist killed in Sinai shooting

Egypt: French tourist killed in Sinai shooting

El Arish : Egypt | Jan 28, 2012 at 2:41 PM PST
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Egyptian police said that a French tourist was killed in a shooting in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday after a group of Bedouins opened fire while trying to rob a currency exchange.

Alexander Crister, 42, suffered multiple gunshot wounds after a man, distraught over the death of his relative in an anti-drugs raid, opened fire at random toward tourists, Egyptians security officials said..

Yousef Abu Khashm died and three policemen sustained injuries in a series of raids on areas suspected to be linked with the narcotics trade in Hay Bader, Toshky and al-Tour, the police said earlier.

In the course of these raids, three police officers were injured in an industrial area in al-Tour. They were identified as Mohammad Basioni, 30, Ahmad Hassan, 23, and Saad Muhammad.

Police surrounded an industrial area in al-Tour and seized several armed men, according to security sources. The suspects were not immediately identified.

Separately, Ruz al-Yusuf Egyptian daily reported on Saturday that Egyptian police have banned six US nationals, members of nongovernmental organizations, from leaving the country due to the ongoing investigation of their activities.

The Egyptian authorities see the funding of such organizations by the United States as illegal and are opposed to US interference in Egypt’s internal affairs.

One of those detained is the son of US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood. Other detainees are officials of the International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute, the paper added.

saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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