Egyptian Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al Maghrati met with PTPI delegates tonight in an informal briefing about the situation which took place today in Cairo and which has been reported on the international news networks.
Here's what he told us --
The Cairo police have been looking for the accomplice of the bombing incident which took place in the crowded marketplace since it happened about two weeks ago. His picture has been posted in the local newspapers, on the television and elsewhere. Today, the police were closing in on him and instead of being captured, decided to jump off the bridge with a bomb in hand....this is when the explosion occurred. Distraught upon hearing the news, his sister and fiance one hour later starting shooting at a bus and then turned the gun on themselves. The Minister said he believes this is "the final chapter of an incident two weeks ago ...it was a loose gun that has been apprehended." The Arab press is reporting the incident in this manner.
In addition to personally introducing himself to every delegate who walked in the room, the Minister offered to take a group of delegates and walk to the famed Egyptian Museum and give them a walking guide -- a rare and unique opportunity for any tourist. Many of our delegates took him up on the offer.
PTPI offers thanks to the Minister for personally coming to discuss this incident with our group -- especially during what must be an extremely stressful time. Our thanks also to Amr Badr and the A&K group for arranging this meeting.