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  • ISIS Likely Responsible For Extremist Gunfight At Egyptian Temple

    An attack by jihadis at an Egyptian temple in Luxor on Wednesday was likely perpetrated by a local affiliate of the Islamic State.

    One militant’s suicide vest was detonated, and two more stormed a barricade at Karnak temple before security officers killed one man and injured the other, <a href=”” target=”_blank”>according to The Telegraph</a>. No tourists were killed or injured during the attack, <a href=”” target=”_blank”>reports The Associated Press</a>.

    “I would put the odds on it being the Islamic State,” said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a terrorism expert at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

    Sinai-based, militant group Beit al-Maqdis <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>pledged</a> allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last November. But no one has yet claimed responsibility for the temple attack.

    “We’ll continue to see the targeting of tourist sites,” said Gartenstein-Ross. North African states, greatly dependent on the tourism industry, are especially vulnerable to attacks. Jihadis <a href=”” target=”_blank”>attacked</a> tourists at a Tunisian museum in March.

    The temple attack is the second assault on Egyptian tourism sites in a week. Gunmen on a motorcycle <a href=”” target=”_blank”>shot</a> and killed two tourism police officers near the Giza pyramids last Wednesday.

    This is the first major terrorist attack in Luxor since Islamic militants <a href=”” target=”_blank”>killed</a> 58 at Hatshepsut Temple in 1997.  Luxor, about 400 miles south of Cairo, is one of Egypt’s most popular tourist attractions, visited by millions every year.

    <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=””>#Terrorist</a> attack in <a href=””>#Luxor</a>'s <a href=””>#Karnak</a> did not affect temple: Official <a href=””></a> <a href=””>#Egypt</a> <a href=”″></a></p>&mdash; Ahram Online (@ahramonline) <a href=”″>June 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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    <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=””>#Luxor</a> temple attack: Three gunmen killed and four bystanders injured – reports <a href=”″></a> <a href=””></a> <a href=””>#Egypt</a></p>&mdash; Nervana Mahmoud (@Nervana_1) <a href=”″>June 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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