September 19, 1997 |
Armed men shouting "God is greater!" firebombed and shot into a crowded tour bus in the heart of this city Thursday, setting off a conflagration and gun battle that killed nine German tourists and their Egyptian driver. It was the worst assault on tourists in Cairo in 17 months.
May 3, 1997 |
Sixteen-year-old Marwa Mohammed Kamal, a good student with a bright future, had just stepped from her apartment in a working-class neighborhood when she saw the man whom she barely knew but with whom she had recently broken off an arranged marriage. He raced toward the tall, striking young woman, flinging a foul-smelling liquid on her face, arm and back. She collapsed in searing agony--the victim of what is becoming an increasingly common attack here. She had been burned with sulfuric acid.
February 16, 1997 |
Egyptian police named five men suspected of killing 10 Coptic Christians at a church in southern Egypt and asked the public Saturday for information on their whereabouts. State television showed photographs of the men and described them as terrorists--the usual term used for Muslim militants fighting to overthrow the government and turn Egypt into a strict Islamic state.
February 15, 1997 |
The Rev. Eleya Komoss was seated in the confession room when the low murmurs inside the Mar Girgis Church where a weekly meeting of young Coptic Christians was in progress were replaced by the jarring staccato of machine-gun fire. "I opened the door and found everyone running about," the Coptic priest recounted Friday. "There were two girls who had been shot in the back. I pulled them inside. Another man shot in the back was calling out to me, 'Help me, Father,' so I pulled him inside too.
April 19, 1996 |
In the worst attack on foreigners in four years of Islamic revolt in Egypt, suspected Muslim extremists screaming "God is great!" opened fire Thursday on a crowd of elderly Greek religious pilgrims at a hotel outside Cairo. Eighteen of the pilgrims were killed by the automatic-weapons fire, and 16 others and an Egyptian taxi driver were wounded in the early morning attack at the Europa Hotel, less than a mile from the Great Pyramids, the government said. The killers escaped.
December 7, 1995 |
Rival forces clashed with guns, knives and sticks Wednesday in a bloody conclusion to Egyptian parliamentary elections that were boycotted by leading Islamic candidates to protest what they called an attempt to bar them from political life. At least 15 people were killed and dozens wounded during the runoff vote for 306 seats in the People's Assembly, or parliament, police said. More than 100 people were arrested. In the worst fight, six people were killed in the southern province of Qena.