Security officials revealed that Egyptian authorities received information about an imminent terror attack in Sharm El-Sheik days ahead of the devastating bombings. But they believed it would target casinos, so security was increased around those sites. The officials, who have knowledge of the investigation, would not say where the tip came from, but said security had been put on alert in the resort on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula several days before the attacks.
But instead of casinos, the bombers in two explosives-laden trucks targeted hotels.
Police using DNA tests identified one of the bodies found at the Ghazala site as Youssef Badran, an Egyptian Sinai resident who they said has links to Islamic militants, security officials said.
Those links led the officials to suspect he was the bomber in the attack, they said.
Police held members of Badran’s family for questioning and were trying to determine his associates, the officials said.
Across Sinai, security forces took in 70 people for questioning yesterday, bringing to 140 the number detained since the attacks.
Meanwhile, investigators were trying to track down the origin of the more than 500kg of explosives used in the attacks.
Officials said they were exploring the possibility they may have been brought in from Jordan, Saudi Arabia or Israel, or had been obtained from what they believe to be vast quantities of explosives hoarded by Sinai’s Bedouin inhabitants.