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Egyptian Police Surround Sinai Villages, Hunt for Bombing Suspects

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Egyptian security officials say police have surrounded two villages outside the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, hunting for suspects in Saturday's triple bombings that killed at least 88 people.

The officials say police believe two suspected Pakistani nationals may be hiding in the villages in the Sinai (peninsula). Earlier today (Monday), Egyptian police distributed photographs of six Pakistani men who were in the area during the attacks but have since disappeared after leaving their passports in a hotel.

Egyptian authorities say they have rounded up nearly 100 people in connection with the bombings, which destroyed a luxury hotel in the city's main tourist area and two other nearby sites.

Police have not said whether they have directly linked any detainees to the attacks. A group that says it is linked to al-Qaida has claimed responsibility in an Internet statement. The claim has not been authenticated.

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