Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids, wounds 17

Cheryl Sanders
May 21, 2019

At least 16 people, almost half of them South African tourists, were injured on Sunday when a tourist bus was hit by an apparent roadside bomb as it travelled past the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum near the Great Pyramids of Giza. A device exploded near the bus, while the windshield of another vehicle was damaged.

A third security source said the bus was carrying 25 South African tourists from the airport to the pyramids area, and that four Egyptians in a nearby auto were also injured by broken glass.

Most of those injured were foreign tourists, the sources said.

"South Africans should continue to go and be cautious when they are there - but generally, it is a safe place as a tourists destination - unless law enforcement agencies who are working on this issue make other recommendations", said DIRCO spokesperson, Ndivhuwo Mabaya, Ndivhuwo Mabaya.

There are no reports of any deaths from the blast and ambulances were quickly at the scene.

The bus hit the roadside bomb on the Marioutiya Road in the pyramid district.

Mohamed el Mandouh said he heard a "very loud explosion" while sitting in traffic near the site of the blast, Sky News reported. Footage circulated online shows shattered windows of the bus.

The museum is due to open next year as the new home for some of the country's top antiquities on a site adjoining the world-famous Giza pyramids.

Egypt accuses the group, which emerged in 2016 and has claimed several attacks, of being a wing of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists.

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