April 24, 2006
Takfiri Encore: Dahab, Egypt Resort Bombed
Sadly it appears that the murderous Takfiri / al-Qaeda scum have struck again, in Dahab, the quasi hippy-ish Egyptian resort on the Red Sea coast of the Sinai.
Initial Reuters reporting suggests bombing of the Dahab market area. Dahab is heavily frequented by Egyptians, although foreigners also have a presence there.
Al Jazeera has an initial report of 12 dead and 90 injured.
[Updated: FT has via William Wallace and Heba Saleh Bombs in Egypt point to desert terrorists an interesting article on the Daheb bombings]
A more extensive FT report filed from Cairo reports 3 bombs and 'over 30 dead', the bombs having targetted a market, a hotel and a restaurant.
Targetting Dahab makes this rather more domestic than a place like Sharm el-Sheikh.
Overall my initial reaction is this is part of growing signs that the Egyptian regime's problems are really fundamental.
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Hmm, I was just contemplating a Red Sea trip (specifically Dahab because it fell off my itinerary last year due to bombings in the area).
Ah well. Guess Egyptian vacations will be even cheaper now.
Posted by: eerie at April 24, 2006 04:07 PM
interesting that the bomber(s) targeted a mainly locals area during a holiday.
and i should point out that the google ads on this page are offering me "Deals for Dahab! Pay Less for Travel!"
rather ironic, no?
Yes, interesting and I think indicative.
Re Dahab, nice place really - quite a queer mix of people. The fairly pious with the unpious.
Well, if one has a stomach for an Egypt visit, it should be cheap as hell, and visiting Dahab quite safe.
However, I do think the security situ in Egypt is clearly degrading.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at April 24, 2006 04:21 PM
Not up on the latest permutations of ideological Egyptian-Islamist religio-xenophobia, and local vacation practices, so can anyone enlighten me on the possibility of an association with Coptic Easter?
"0" being totally irrelevant and 10 being "the sole major reason" for the time and place.
Posted by: matthew hogan at April 24, 2006 04:25 PM
perhaps the bombers thought they were in Dar Fur? i mean, Dahab and Dar Fur... they both start with "Da" (when transliterated etc etc)!
on a more serious note, security in Egypt has gone nowhere but downhill since 2000. i wonder who will turn out to be the brains behind this and who will turn out to be the human explosive carriers (HEC). I'm guessing the HEC's will be Egyptians. Bets on who will be accused of planning the attack?
eh. more worried about the traffic in Cairo, frankly.
Posted by: praktike at April 25, 2006 06:17 AM
From a personal point of view or as an indication of the regime?
The first, while fun to write about, was not in question as I frankly could care less if you get run over or not (although certainly I suppose I might feel twinge of regret, but such is the nature of online interaction).
The second, well, that has a more abstract interest.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at April 25, 2006 12:16 PM
thanks, i love you too big guy.
as for the traffic as an indictment of the regime, I suppose it would be the tip of the iceberg. actually it may well be a problem without a solution.
Posted by: praktike at April 25, 2006 01:24 PM
Oh don't get all whingey on me.
But being a long-time bomb scoffer, I understand the personal angle, but wanted to focus on the larger question.
Strikes me there is a real problem in the Sinia - although I suppose Pharoah might be quite willing to let some people in Dahab go boom to distract from the Alexandrine problems.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at April 25, 2006 02:39 PM