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