Gunmen Fire At German Tourist Boat, Three Egyptians Hurt
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Security officials say Muslim extremists shot at a Nile cruise boat carrying German tourists in southern Egypt, but political leaders are blaming stray bullets from a family feud.
Three Egyptians were wounded in the attack Thursday on the Nile Elite, and one was hospitalized with a leg injury.
The attack occurred near near Deir Mowas, not far from Assiut province, an area of Muslim militant activity.
Assiut security officials said Muslim extremists were suspected. Provincial Gov. Hassan el-Alfi later said the bullets came from a gunfight between feuding families.
Muslim extremists have stepped up their campaign of violence against police and Coptic Christians this year, and before Thursday’s incident, tourists had been attacked seven times since June with homemade bombs.
Some extremists have said the attacks are meant to pressure the government into ending a nationwide crackdown against them. Others have claimed tourists are not directly targeted.
Hassan Yehia, a manager at the tourist agency that operates the Nile Elite, said the boat sailed south to Sohag on Friday and was to continue to Aswan in extreme southern Egypt. From there, the passengers were to fly back to Germany.