Monday 16 September 2019

Four killed as bus blown up near Giza pyramids

 

Security forces stand near a tourist bus after a roadside bomb. Image: AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty
Security forces stand near a tourist bus after a roadside bomb. Image: AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

Amina Ismail

Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and 11 others injured when a bomb blast hit their bus yesterday, less than 4km from Egypt's world famous Giza pyramids.

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

No immediate claim of responsibility was reported. Islamist extremists including some linked to Islamic State are active in Egypt and have targeted foreign visitors in the past.

Nine of the injured were Vietnamese tourists, and one was the Egyptian driver.

The Interior Ministry said the bus was hit by an explosion from an improvised device hidden near a wall.

About two hours later the vehicle could be seen behind a police cordon with one of its sides badly damaged and the windows blown out, a Reuters reporter said.

Dozens of police, military and firefighters were at the site, on a narrow sidestreet close to the ring road, where traffic was moving normally.

An investigator at the scene said the device had likely been planted near the wall.

The injured were taken to the nearby Al Haram hospital, where Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told local TV that the guide had died from his injuries.

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

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