07/25/2005, 00.00
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Police looking for six Pakistanis over carnage in Sharm el-Sheikh

Official death toll now stands at 65, but hospital sources speak of 88 dead.

Sharm el-Sheik (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Egyptian police is looking for six Pakistani men in connection with last Friday's bombing in Sharm el-Sheik. They have distributed photographs of the six to stations throughout the town and surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, some 70 people have been detained for questioning. None of the them has yet to be charged with participating in the attacks in the famous Egyptian resort.

The confirmed death toll stands at 64, although hospital officials say the figure could be as high as 88.

Security officials said four terrorists carried out the co-ordinated attacks on the Ghazala Gardens Hotel, a nearby car park in Naama Bay, and the Old Market.

The officials, who declined to be identified, said the four men hid at least 400 kg of explosives under vegetables in their vehicles.

Two left a green Isuzu truck packed with explosives in the Old Market area. The bomb blew a 5-metre-wide crater into the middle of the road.

The other two militants used a white pickup truck to carry out the other blasts. One man got out of the vehicle and left a small bomb in a bag rigged with a timer in a car park, while the other sped off in the truck and slammed it into the Ghazala hotel 150 metres away.

Egypt's Interior Minister has said investigators were looking into whether there were links between the Taba and Sharm blasts.

An explosive detonated yesterday as it was being carried by a man several kilometres from a tourist bazaar next to the Pyramids of Giza. The man was severely injured, but the blast caused no other casualties.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the man, identified as Sami Gamal Ahmad, 33, was taking the explosive to the nearby tourist area of Kerdassa, when the device apparently went off accidentally in the neighbourhood of Kufr Tuhurmus.

The authorities have stepped security in many parts of Cairo, including around the Pyramids.

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