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SHARM AL-SHEIKH, EGYPT - According to the BBC, at least 83 people have been killed and scores more wounded in bomb attacks in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh. An explosion in the Old Market area was followed by two blasts in the Naama Bay area, where a car bomb tore off the front of the Ghazala Gardens Hotel. At least two car bombs reportedly went off simultaneously at about 01:15 local time.
Most of the dead are thought to be Egyptians and Muslim, although other foreign nationals are among the victims, rescue officials said. The dead included British, Dutch, Kuwaitis, Saudis and Qataris, according to one unidentified security official.
Interior Minister Habib al-Adli said Egypt already had some leads which appeared to show a connection with October bombings that killed 34 people further north in the Sinai peninsula, including several Israelis. The attack - the worst in Egypt in recent history - comes months after an October, 2004 attack that killed 34 people in the Sinai area.
"We have indications that could lead security services to those responsible for these terrorist operations," he told the official MENA news agency. "These elements suggest that the bombings may be linked to those that took place in Taba."
In a statement posted on an Islamic website, a group calling itself the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, al-Qaeda, in Syria and Egypt, said it carried out the bombings, the Associated Press news agency reported, although the claim has not been verified.
Timeline/Chronology Of Egypt Terror Attacks
The bomb attacks in Sharm El Sheikh are the latest in a string of attacks on foreigners in Egypt. Here are some of the most significant attacks:
October 21, 1992: Militants ambush a tourist bus, killing a British woman and wounding two British men. The woman is the first foreigner to die in militant-related violence.
February 26, 1993: Bomb in crowded coffee shop in central Cairo kills a Turk, a Swede and an Egyptian and wounds 20.
June 8: Bomb explodes near tour bus on Pyramids Road in Cairo, killing two Egyptians and wounding 22 people, including five Britons.
October 27: A man described as a mentally disturbed musician shoots dead two American businessmen, a Frenchman and an Italian at a luxury Cairo hotel.
March 4, 1994: Gunmen fire at Nile cruiser in southern Egypt, wounding a German woman tourist, who died after being flown back to Germany.
August 26: Gunmen kill Spanish boy in an attack on a tourist bus in southern Egypt.
September 27: Gunmen shoot and kill one German tourist and wound another in a gun attack in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.
Two Egyptians also killed and another German man died of his wounds after returning to Germany.
October 23: Suspected Muslim militants kill a British tourist and wound three in a minibus attack.
April 18, 1996: Islamic militants shoot dead 18 Greek tourists they mistook for Israelis near the Pyramids.
September 18, 1997: Gunmen kill nine German tourists and their Egyptian bus driver in a shooting and firebomb attack outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
** November 17: Attackers kill 58 tourists and four Egyptians at an ancient temple near the southern tourist town of Luxor. Six gunmen and three police also die in the violence.
** October 7, 2004: A series of bombings at the Taba Hilton hotel on Egypt's border with Israel, and two beaches further south, kill 34 people.
April 7, 2005: A probable suicide bomb attack in a bazaar in medieval Cairo kills an American man, a French man and woman and the suspected bomber.
April 30: A suicide bomber wounds seven people including four foreigners - two Israelis, an Italian and a Swede - near the Egyptian museum.
July 23: Car bombs hit Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh, killing at least 62 and wounding 200, including many foreigners, and devastating an upmarket hotel.
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