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The latest on Egypt attack: 4 wounded in shootout

Shootout with police wounds 4 as suicide bomber strikes near famed Egyptian temple

The latest on Egypt attack: 4 wounded in shootout

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Egyptian officials say police killed two suspected Islamic militants in a shootout outside the ancient Karnak temple in the southern city of Luxor as a suicide bomber struck meters away from the famed tourist attraction, without killing anyone.

The Health Ministry says four people, including two policemen, were wounded in the gunbattle Wednesday.

The officials say there were only a handful of tourists and Egyptians inside the temple at the time of the late morning attack. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Luxor is home to some of Egypt's most famous ancient temples and pharaonic tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun. The city has been hit hard by a downturn in visitors since Egypt's 2011 uprising.


Associated Press writer Haggag Salama in Luxor, Egypt contributed to this report.

Updated : 2021-09-17 15:45 GMT+08:00