Attempted Suicide Bomb Attack Targeted Luxor Temple Site: Three assailants were stopped by Egyptian police in a parking lot outside the open-air Karnak temple site in Luxor, prompting one to detonate an explosives vest as officers opened fire. Two of the three attackers were killed, while a third suffered injuries. At least one Egyptian police officer was also hurt in the exchange. The incident followed the shooting death last week of two tourism police officers stationed at a gate near the Sphinx and Giza pyramids, marking a transition in the strategy of Islamist terrorists in the country towards targeting tourist sites. The Luxor attack evoked memories of a bloody 1997 terrorist attack in which Islamist gunmen opened fire at the Deir el-Bahri archaeological site, killing 64. [TAN, NYT]

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