Egypt: Tourists targeted in bombing in Taba, read full analysis here
A suicide bomber entered a tourist bus near Taba and the Egypt-Israel border, in Egypt’s South Sinai governorate, on 17 February and detonated his explosives. The blast resulted in the deaths of three South Korean tourists and an Egyptian national. A number of other South Korean tourists were also wounded as a result. The attack was later claimed by the Sunni Islamist and al-Qaeda-linked group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM). In a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, the group also stated that ‘With God’s will we will be watching this treacherous gang of infiltrators and we will target their economic interests in all places in order to paralyse their hands from hurting Muslims’. On 18 February, the group also purportedly threatened to target tourists if they did not leave the country by 20 February.
The attack against an overtly tourist target represents a significant development and may point to a new tactic by non-state armed groups in Egypt, who are agitating for the overthrow of the military-backed interim government.