Anger in southern Egypt over Islamist governor

Egyptian tourism workers and residents of the ancient city of Luxor are voicing anger after an Islamist linked to a former Islamic militant group that carried out the city

Riot police clash with protesters in Port Said, Egypt, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Egypt's Islamist president is considering whether to give the military full control of the restive Suez Canal city of Port Said after days of deadly street clashes stoked by excessive use of force by riot police, officials said Tuesday.(AP Photo)

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian tourism workers and residents of the ancient city of Luxor are voicing anger after an Islamist linked to a former Islamic militant group that carried out the city's deadliest terrorist attack, killing nearly 60 tourists in the 1990s, was appointed governor of their province.

Workers and Luxor politicians said Monday they plan to seal off the office of the governor to prevent Adel el-Khayat from entering.

El-Khayat belongs to the Construction and Development party, the political arm of Gamaa Islamiya, which waged an armed insurgency against the state in the 1990s, attacking police, Copts and tourists. In 1997 the group killed 58 tourists visiting Luxor's Hatshepsut temple. The group has since forsworn violence. El-Khayat was appointed Sunday by Islamist President Mohammed Morsi among 17 new governors.
Associated Press
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