Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Bombing at Khan el Khalili
Today's bombing at Cairo's Khan el Khalili market is a sad reminder of the challenges that still remain in Egypt.
Our previous post discussed some of the security arrangements involved in our Nile cruise. Security was also apparent in Cairo itself -- we had an armed guard on our tour bus and had to go through metal detectors at the hotel -- but we never felt any specific risk.
We spent Sunday touring old Cairo to learn about Islamic architecture (quite beautiful, particularly if you like geometric patterns) and to visit the Khan al Khalili market. (The attack occurred a few hours after we left the market to return to our hotel). The market is a maze of narrow alleys, crowded with tourists and shopkeepers. With so many people pressed close together, even a relatively small bomb could kill and injure significant numbers of people.