Bush Apologizes to Mubarak for Suez Shooting

[International Herald Tribune] Mona El-Naggar - President George W. Bush apologized to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday for the killing of an Egyptian vendor when a cargo ship chartered by the U.S. opened fire on his small boat near the Suez Canal on Monday in an incident that has enraged Egyptians. On Wednesday, Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff said a security team on board the ship had fired two sets of warning shots as three small boats approached. After the first set, two boats turned away, but the vendor's boat did not. The U.S. navy has been wary of small motorboats since the attack on the U.S. destroyer Cole in 2000, in which terrorists drove a small vessel packed with explosives into the ship at a Yemeni port, killing 17 crew members.

2008-03-28 01:00:00

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