Bomb explosion in Cairo

An unidentified man hurled a bomb from the Sixth of October bridge over Abdel Moneim Riyadh square in downtown &to=http:// ' target=_blank>Cairo near Egyptian museum on Saturday, killing at least one person and injuring seven others among whom there are 3 Egyptian nationals and four foreign tourists. The blast occurred at around 4pm (1300 GMT) at rush hour in a bus terminal between the Ramses Hilton and the Egyptian Museum.

Reports indicate that among the injured there were two Israelis, an Italian woman and a man whose nationality was either Swedish or Russian. The person who was killed was initially thought to be the bomber himself, but after examining the scene, authorities are inclined to believe that the bomb was thrown from a bridge over the Nile onto the street, tells the Earth Times.

According to Bloomberg, in another incident, one woman was shot dead and another injured in an attack in a central Cairo area, MENA reported, citing Health and Population Minister Mohammad Awad Tag Eddine. Al-Jazeera television station earlier reported two women were shot by police as they tried to explode bombs near a tourist bus.

A suicide bomb in the Khan el-Khalili bazaar on April 7 killed a French couple, a U.S. tourist, and the Egyptian bomber. About 20 others also were injured in the attack near the historic al-Azhar Mosque, the highest seat of Sunni Muslim learning.

The Khan el-Khalili attack was the first in the Egyptian capital since a 1997 bomb blast outside the &to=http:// 19/94/377/15285_tutankhamun.html ' target=_blank>Cairo Museum, one of the main tourist sites. The interior ministry said the perpetrator of today's attack near the museum was on the run because of his involvement in the April 7 killings.

Tourism is the country's largest foreign currency earner, accounting for 5 percent of the economy and bringing in $6 billion in 2004, up by a third on a year before.

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