Militants to tourists: Leave Egypt or face attack

Warning via Twitter follows suicide attack on Sunday

Tourists must leave Egypt by February 20 or face attack, a militant Islamist group warns. Those who remain in the country after that date face attack, the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group says.

This is the same group that claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Sunday that killed two South Korean tourists and an Egyptian. It made its latest statement on a Twitter account.

“We recommend tourists to get out safely before the expiry of the deadline,” the tweet in English said.

The warning and the suicide bombing appear to mark a tactical shift to the soft target of tourism by Islamist militants in Egypt, who have until now targeted policemen and soldiers. It may have the effect of destroying the country’s already embattled economy.

European countries have altered travel advisories this week, many of them warning against travel to the Nile Delta outside Cairo and Alexandria and the Nile Valley south of Cairo to north of Luxor.

Reuters

[image courtesy Egypt Tourism Authority]

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