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Explosion in famed Cairo bazaar kills French tourist, injures 21

Associated Press - February 22, 2009 6:13 PM ET

CAIRO (AP) - An explosion has ripped into a famed bazaar in medieval Cairo, killing a French woman and wounding at least 21 people, most of them foreigners.

The government says it was the first attack on tourists in Egypt in three years.

The blast hit the bustling main plaza at the 650-year-old bazaar next to 1 of Cairo's most revered shrines, the Hussein mosque.

Within an hour, police found a second explosive device and detonated it safely. Security officials say three people are in custody.

Initial reports said a pair of grenades were thrown, but a government statement says the attack involved a homemade bomb placed under a bench in the main plaza.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sent his condolences to the victim's family and stated his confidence that Egyptian authorities would shed light on the circumstances of the tragedy.

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