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1 Chinese tourist killed in traffic accident in Egypt's Aswan

2013-03-03 08:56 Xinhua     Web Editor: Wang Fan comment

A mini-bus overturned Saturday morning on the highway from Egypt's Aswan to tourist attraction Abu Simbel, killing one Chinese tourist and leaving another 13 people on board injured -- among them three Chinese nationals, a Chinese embassy official confirmed to Xinhua.

"The accident happened at around 6:30 local time (Saturday) ( 0430 GMT), around 50 km away from Abu Simbel," said Zhang Baoqi, director of consular affairs at the Chinese embassy in Cairo.

The four Chinese tourists were all initially injured, but one, in critical condition, later died in hospital, Zhang said.

Local media reported that all the rest 13 were not seriously injured.

Meanwhile, Colonel Salah Eddin Mohamed, head of Abu Simbel Tourist Police Station, told Xinhua that "The tourist who was killed in the car overturn was a 24-year-old Chinese man."

The dying was received in a complete comma while excessively bleeding, and was admitted to the intensive care unit at Abu Simbel International Hospital but "stopped breathing at 9:00 a.m. (0700 GMT)," said Mohamed.

The exact reason of the accident is not immediately known, yet initial investigation shows no criminal suspicion behind it.

"The car is a tourist microbus that belongs to al-Tawfik Tourist Company," Mohamed added.

The accident came a few days after nine tourists from China's Hong Kong were killed in a hot balloon explosion in Egypt's southern province of Luxor on Tuesday, which in all claimed 19 lives and injured two.

Egypt has already been struggling to bring back foreign tourists after two years of repetitive political demonstrations, which usually turned violent in the end and has created continuous social instability.

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