|Wikileaks:||View 05CAIRO2743 at Wikileaks.org|
|Tags:||PTER ASEC CASC EG Explosion|
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 CAIRO 002743 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PTER, ASEC, CASC, EG, Explosion SUBJECT: EGYPT: EXPLOSION AT CAIRO BAZAAR Sensitive but unclassified. Please protect accordingly. 1. (SBU) Charge convened the Emergency Action Committee (EAC) at 8:30 p.m. on April 7 after reports of an explosion in the popular Khan al Khalili bazaar near downtown Cairo. An explosion occurred at about 5:45 p.m., causing multiple injuries, including four confirmed AmCit injured, one of whom is in critical condition. 2. (SBU) Preliminary reports of casualties vary, yet most reports suggest two or more dead, including a French tourist (mentioned in multiple press reports) and possibly an American. The French Naval Attache told DAO that he could confirm one French dead, three wounded. U.S. consular officers at Al Hussein Hospital, where most of the injured were reportedly taken, report four injured AmCits, one in critical condition. Many press reports indicate there is one body of unidentified nationality. Reports indicating about 18 injured suggest that half are Egyptian, half foreign. 3. (SBU) The area of the incident is a favorite with foreign tourists. While reports are preliminary, suggestions of foreign casualties could indicate a political motive. Post is not aware of any claims of responsibility or any particular threat information associated with the incident. 4. (SBU) The EAC (involving A/DCM, RSO, ORA, LEGATT, CONS, OMC, DAO, MSG, PA, ECPO, and MGT) assessed the information available as very preliminary and came to the following conclusions: -- a warden message is being drafted by CONS, to include "reports of foreign casualties" and advising extra prudence in personal travel (text in paragraph five); -- the warden message would be distributed through the warden network, hand delivered to Embassy residences, and posted on the Embassy website; -- AmCits should be advised to avoid the Khan al Khalili bazaar area until the situation could be clarified; -- two CONS personnel were already en route to the vicinity to search for and assist AmCits; -- specific EAC members were to contact personnel from other embassies (Canada, UK, and Germany) who were known to be at or near the scene; -- there was no threat information prior to the event, nor any reports to suggest further events; -- the school which many Embassy children attend had RSO personnel present at an ongoing Middle School social event; -- no large social events were planned for the weekend that the EAC would recommend be postponed; -- a police presence was expected at a softball event in Maadi the following day; -- outlying USG personnel (Alexandria and military training sites in particular) were being notified; -- the EAC assessed current Embassy perimeter security as appropriate; -- the A/DCM was to apprise the Operations Center of the situation and serve as the focal point for information as further facts were developed; -- the EAC would reconvene at 12:00 noon the following day (Friday) to further clarify the facts of the incident and assess the security situation; and, -- the A/DCM notified the visiting Council on Foreign Relations delegation of the incident. 5. (U) Begin text of Embassy "Security Warden Notice:" At approximately 6:00 p.m. there was an explosion in the Khan El Khalili shopping area. Preliminary reports indicate several casualties, including deaths of foreigners. U.S. Embassy personnel are on the scene to determine the extent of the casualties and to assist any Americans involved. U.S. citizens are advised to stay away from the Khan area, which has been cordoned off by local authorities, until further notice. As more precise information becomes available, the Embassy will inform the community via warden message and Internet. While there is no independent information to suggest that this apparent attack was a part of a larger effort, all residents of and visitors to Egypt should be especially vigilant and avoid areas of Cairo where large numbers of tourists congregate. As the U.S. Government develops information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its consular information program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy's American Citizen Services Unit on 797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For emergencies after business hours and on weekends, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard on 797-3300. The Embassy is located at 5 Latin America Street, Garden City, Cairo. General information about Egypt is available at the Embassy's website www.usembassy.egnet.net. The most recent State Department public announcement on North Africa and the Middle East has additional security information. It can be found at www.travel.state.gov. End text. Visit Embassy Cairo's Classified Website: http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/nea/cairo You can also access this site through the State Department's Classified SIPRNET website. GRAY
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