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Two Attacks on Trains in South Egypt Leave Police Guard Dead

December 28, 1994

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Suspected Muslim extremists shot at two passenger trains in southern Egypt, killing a police guard and wounding another, police said.

An Interior Ministry statement said one attack took place in Qena, 290 miles south of Cairo, on Tuesday night. Gunmen shot at the local train as it slowed down at a road crossing.

Police guard Fuad Fahim Abul Hassan was killed, and a second guard wounded.

Police sources said that suspected extremists also shot at another train on Monday night. There were no casualties.

Muslim extremists are waging a violent campaign against the government to turn Egypt into an Islamic state. Nearly 500 people have been killed in the violence since 1992, mostly suspected radicals and police. Foreign tourists also have been targeted.

It was unlikely that there were tourists on the local train attacked Tuesday. But the one fired on Monday was a high-speed train between Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, all tourist centers because of their ancient Egyptian relics.

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