Two Tourists, Tour Guide Dead After Bomb Explosion Near Giza Pyramids

Hugh Fox
December 29, 2018

Egyptian security officials say a roadside bomb has hit a tourist bus in an area near the Giza Pyramids, killing at least two people and wounding 10 others.

During the past two years, militant attacks against Christians in Egypt - usually targeting churches or buses carrying pilgrims to remote desert monasteries - have killed more than a hundred people.

Ten Vietnamese tourists and the Egyptian driver were wounded when the device, hidden near a wall, exploded, officials said.

The bombing is the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for over a year and comes as the tourism sector, a vital source of foreign currency revenue, recovers from a sharp drop in visitor numbers since the country's 2011 uprising.

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Police officers inspect a scene of a bus blast in Giza, Egypt, on December 28, 2018.

The bus hit the device after it went off its planned route without alerting security forces, Mr Madbouly added.

No group took immediate responsibility for the incident.

The injured were taken to the nearby Haram hospital, Reuters news agency reports.

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Two of the injured are in critical condition.

He also ordered prosecutors to conduct a forensic investigation of the materials used to make the IED and to collect all surveillance camera footage in the vicinity of the explosion, the news outlet reported.

Madbouli was set to visit the injured tourists in hospital after following up with his ministers on the incident, a government statement said, as reported by AFP.

The bombing was the first attack to harm foreign tourists in Egypt in almost two years, reported CBS News.

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