Egypt orders detention of four men over hot air balloon crash

This file photo shows an Egyptian pilot flying a hot air balloon over Egypt’s ancient temple city of Luxor. A hot air balloon carrying around 20 people including tourists crashed near Egypt’s ancient city of Luxor on Jan. 5, 2018.(AFP)
Updated 06 January 2018
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Egypt orders detention of four men over hot air balloon crash

CAIRO: The public prosecutor in the sounthern Egyptian city of Luxor ordered the detention of four men pending an investigation into a hot air balloon crash that killed a South African tourist and injured several others, state news agency MENA said on Saturday.
State media blamed Friday’s crash, near Luxor, on poor weather conditions.
High winds and sandstorms swept the country on Friday, clouding the skies at Cairo’s main airport and forcing the closure of a number of Red Sea ports.
MENA did not say if charges had been brought against the four men, who include the pilot. Judicial sources said an initial investigation suggested that negligence could have contributed to the crash.
A South African man died and an Argentinian and two French tourists were being treated in hospital. A number of other tourists were also taken to Luxor International Hospital but released after a few hours.
Luxor, a city surrounded by ancient tombs and other historic sites, is one of the main focuses of Egypt’s tourism industry — a key revenue-earner that the government has been trying to revive after years of political turmoil.
Nineteen people, most of them Asian and European tourists, died near Luxor in 2013 when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed after a mid-air gas explosion.


Daesh claims suicide bombing that killed 2 in Egypt’s Sinai

Updated 19 min 49 sec ago
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Daesh claims suicide bombing that killed 2 in Egypt’s Sinai

  • Egyptian security officials had said the bomber targeted an armored vehicle near the local market of the northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid
  • Egypt has battled Daesh militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula

CAIRO: Daesh has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed two people, including a civilian, and wounded three in Egypt's restive northern Sinai Peninsula.

The militant group says in a statement on a Daesh-affiliate website that a Daesh militant named Abu Omar El-Seedy had detonated his explosive-laden vest near a military checkpoint at dawn on Thursday.

Egyptian security officials had said the bomber targeted an armored vehicle near the local market of the northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, killing a soldier and a civilian and wounding three soldiers.

Egypt has battled Daesh militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, striking minority Christians and also at times tourists.