At least 23 killed at Egyptian resort

Scores of people have been reported killed in three explosions that ripped through the Egyptian resort city of Dahab on Monday night.

At least 23 people were killed and more than 60 injured when three nearly simultaneous blasts ripped through the Egyptian resort city of Dahab on Monday night.

The bombers struck at 7:15 p.m. at the Sinai seaside town as tourists jammed an area of shops, restaurants and bars. Dahab, located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the eastern side of the Sinai peninsula, is popular with foreigners.

Egyptians were celebrating the long Coptic Christian Easter weekend that coincided this year with Shem al-Nessim, the ancient holiday marking the first day of spring.

The number of dead has fluctuated, but authorities said at least 18 of the dead were Egyptian and that a Russian and a Swiss were also killed.

President Hosni Mubarak called the blasts a "sinful terrorist action."

The Egyptian government said the militants who carried out the bombings were locals without international connections.

Nearly 100 people have been killed in militant attacks at several tourist resorts in the Sinai Peninsula in the past two years.

Bombings in the resorts of Taba and Ras Shitan, near the Israeli border, killed 34 people in October 2004. Suicide attackers in July in the resort of Sharm el-Sheik killed at least 64 people, mainly tourists.