November 17, 1997: Massacre at Egyptian temple

Terrorists from Egypt’s Al Gama’a Al Islamiyah massacred 62 people, including 58 tourists, at the Temple of Hatshepsut in November 1997.

NEW VALLEY GOVERNATE, EGYPT – We know that Islamist extremists are religious zealots who tolerate no freedom of worship, but attacking a 3,400 year old temple?

Terrorists spurred by religious ideologies are easy to pick out. They all say that they are doing ‘god’s work‘ and ridding the world of heathens, apostates and ne’erdowells, building the foundations for a new society. If you do not subscribe to their worldview you might want to get out of the way.

Islamist extremists strike me as the worst though. Here is a list of what/whom they hate:

  • Christians
  • Jews
  • Buddhists
  • Hindus
  • Sikhs
  • Shia Muslims
  • Other Muslims
  • Everyone else.
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Yep, pretty clear here

They even go so far as to hate those who do not exist anymore. Take what happened on this day in 1997.

At least 70 people, including 60 foreign tourists, were killed outside a 3,400-year-old temple in the famed Valley of the Kings in what Egyptian government officials called the deadliest attack by Islamic militants in their five-year campaign to overthrow the regime. The attack began as a group of tourists who had just arrived by bus began to walk from a parking lot toward a broad stairway leading into the three-level temple, built as the resting place of the Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled from 1492 to 1458 B.C.

The terrorist group Al Gama’a Al Islamiya (the ‘Islamic Group’) was responsible for the carnage. That terrorist entity was also behind a great deal more attacks in the 1990s.

No to tourists in Egypt

pamphlet signed by Omar Abdel Rahman’s ‘Squadron of Havoc and Destruction’

Yes, the target was probably tourists, not a 3,400 pre-Islamic queen. Still, AGAI would have hated her too. They hated everyone after all.

Phil Gurski

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