World Bulletin / News Desk
An Egyptian armed group on Monday claimed responsibility for a deadly tourist bus blast in the Sinai resort city of Taba and gave tourists in the country four days to leave or they would be targeted.
"As we promised, what's next is more bitter. By God's grace, a [tourist] bus was targeted and exploded in Taba," Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said via Twitter. "We would continue to target [regime's] leaders and economy, [especially] tourism and gas sectors," the group added.
The group also gave all tourists in Egypt four days to leave safely "or you don't have no one else but yourselves to blame."
The Sunday tourist bus blast killed three Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver.
The blast is the first to target the tourist industry, a main foreign currency generator for Egypt, which has been suffering political uncertainty since the army's July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
Tourists were last targeted in Egypt in 2009 when a bomb went off in a tourist market in al-Hussein district in the heart of Fatimid Cairo.
The attack killed a female French tourist and injured 25 other tourists of different nationalities.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has claimed several deadly attacks against Egyptian army and security forces, including a failed September assassination attempt on the life of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.
Sinai has been at the center of heightened violence against police and army personnel since the July 3 ouster of Morsi, Egypt's first freely-elected leader.Last Mod: 17 Şubat 2014, 11:16