June 16, 1996 in Nation/World

Police: Slayers Of Greek Tourists Killed

Compiled From Wire Services

Two Muslim militants who shot and killed 18 Greek tourists near the pyramids were killed in a gunbattle with police, Egypt’s interior minister said Saturday.

The shooting erupted when police tried to arrest the men, Hassan el-Alfy said. Four policemen were also killed and 14 others wounded, he said in comments carried by the state-run al-Akhbar al-Yom newspaper.

El-Alfy did not say when the militants were killed. But police said in April that two militants believed to have carried out the attack died in a shootout with police in the town of Malawi, a militant stronghold 160 miles south of Cairo.

At least four gunmen opened fire April 18 on a group of Greek tourists outside their hotel near the pyramids. Eighteen tourists died and 16 were injured.

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