2 dead after bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

Deadly blast hits tourist bus in Giza, Egypt
2 dead, 12 injured in tourist bus blast near Giza pyramids in Egypt

29 December, 2018

Two Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian tour guide were killed Friday when a roadside bomb blast hit their bus as it travelled close to the Giza pyramids outside Cairo, officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility.

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

Those events and the bombing of a Russian airliner shortly after it took off from Sharm el-Sheikh in 2015 caused tourist numbers to plunge.

The attack occurred on a road near the Giza pyramids.

Two Egyptians were among the people injured, the ministry said.

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What do we know of Friday's attack?

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

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told visiting Vietnamese leaders in May that he was keen to revive Vietnamese tourism in his country, according to Egypt Today. It peaked in 2010, when the country saw more than 14 million visitors, but fell sharply after the turmoil of the Arab Spring the following year.

Egypt has battled armed groups in the Sinai Peninsula for years and that conflict has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, with armed groups targeting minority Christians or tourists.

The interior ministry initially confirmed the death of two of the tourists, and the state prosecutors office later said a third had died.

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