At least 3 dead in Egypt tourist bus bombing near pyramids

Cheryl Sanders
December 29, 2018

A roadside bomb has hit a tourist bus in an area near the Giza pyramids, killing two Vietnamese tourists and wounding 12 others, according to Egypt's Interior Ministry.

The bus, which was carrying 14 Vietnamese tourists, passed by a wall in which the bomb was hidden at around 6 p.m. local time, officials said.

Mr Madbouli said that the Egyptian tour guide had died in hospital from his wounds.

At least 3 dead in Egypt tourist bus bombing near pyramids

Tourism has always been a mainstay of the country's economy.

According to statement issued by Egypt's interior ministry, the explosion came due to primitive explosive device. Islamist extremists including some linked to Islamic State are active in Egypt and have targeted foreign visitors in the past.

"It was awful - people screaming", she said.

Prosecutors said they had launched an investigation "to arrest the perpetrators".

Two of the killed tourists are from Vietnam.

"The bus deviated from the route secured by the security forces", Madbouly told Extra News TV.

In 2015, ISIS claimed responsibility for a blast that downed a Russian airliner and killed all 224 people aboard shortly after it took off from the Egyptian holiday resort of Sharm El Sheikh.

This was the first attack to target foreign tourists in nearly two years.

Egypt has for years been battling an insurgency in North Sinai, which surged following the 2013 military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

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