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Sunday, June 28, 1998 Published at 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK


World: Middle East

Egypt: two police chiefs sacked over Luxor massacre


A disciplinary tribunal in Egypt has sacked two senior policemen over the massacre of fifty-eight tourists by six Islamic militants at Luxor last November.

The tribunal imposed the maximum penalty on the head of Luxor police, Major-General Medhat el-Shanawi, and his deputy, Major-General Abul-Atta Youssef Abul-Atta -- who also had their pensions cut.

Judges found that they'd ignored warnings that the area -- one of Egypt's major tourist destinations -- could be a target for attacks by militants.

Soon after the massacre -- blamed on lax security -- the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, sacked his interior minister.

Responsibility for the Luxor killings was admitted by the biggest Muslim militant organisation in Egypt, Gamaat al-Islamiya.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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