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Mubarak: Egypt Will Not Give in to Terrorists

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Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has vowed to intensify his government's battle against terrorists, following the bomb attacks in Sharm el-Sheikh that killed nearly 90 people.

Mr. Mubarak visited the Red Sea resort Saturday, hours after three deadly explosions wrecked a luxury hotel and caused heavy damage at a shopping center.

The Egyptian leader said the attack will stiffen the nation's resolve to pursue terrorism and "dig it out by the roots." Officials say 88 people were killed by three explosions in Sharm el-Sheikh -- two car bombs detonated by suicide drivers and a third time bomb that went off at about the same time.

Most of the victims were Egyptian, but authorities say at least eight foreigners were among the dead. Well over 100 people were wounded. Emergency crews say they do not expect to find any more survivors, and they have called in heavy machines to begin clearing rubble.

Security forces detained at least 20 people after the blasts, but it is not clear if they are considered prime suspects.

Egypt's interior minister Habib al-Adli says the blasts at the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula may be linked to another multiple-bomb attack last October that killed 34 people in another Sinai resort, Taba, near the border with Israel.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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