Egypt to Bolster Security After Terrorist Attack

NEW YORK -- The Egyptian Tourist Authority here moved to assure visitors of tightened security in Cairo after terrorists hurled firebombs and shot at a busload of tourists in the city's main square Sept. 18, killing nine people. "We fervently hope that this will be an isolated incident," said Abdul Moneim Rashad, director of the authority in New York, "and visitors can be assured that security will be as pervasive as it has ever been in response to this grave attack."

The nine dead were German tourists. Others on the bus, as well as Egyptian bystanders, were wounded. Published reports said three attackers were seized by the police, but Samir Khalil, general manager of Misr Travel in New York, said that his daughter told him by phone from Cairo that the terrorists were caught with the help of bystanders and taxi drivers.

"The whole country is furious over this attack," she told Khalil, "one that comes at a time when Egyptians are looking to the continuing progress of the country's political and economic development." Khalil added that he is certain tourists will find extremely tight security during the next few months.

The incident took place in Tahir Square, where the Archaeological Museum is located.

Khalil said he hoped individuals and groups booked for 1998 will not jump to conclusions and cancel their travel plans.

Terrorists 18 months ago fired on Greek tourists boarding a bus in front of the Europa Hotel, located on the road to the Pyramids.

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