Two dead after blast hits tourist bus in Egypt

29 December, 2018, 10:14 | Author: Angel Logan
  • A member of the Egyptian security forces stands guard at the scene of an attack on a tourist bus in Giza

The wounded included 10 Vietnamese tourists, as well as the Egyptian bus driver and the guide.

Security forces are investigating, the ministry said.

This is Egypt's first attack against tourists using explosives since late 2015, when a bomb blew a Russian airliner out of the skies above the Sinai peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, who visited the injured at Al-Haram hospital, said the bus had not followed the path it was supposed to take, where it would have been secured by police.

There were no immediate reports of any group saying it was behind the attack, but Islamist militants have targeted tourists in the past.

An explosion on Friday targeting a bus carrying Vietnamese tourists on an excursion to the Giza pyramids left four people dead and 10 others wounded, Egyptian authorities said.

The bus was traveling in the Marioutiyah area near the pyramids on Friday (local time) when the crude roadside bomb, concealed by a wall, went off.

"We have to know that it's possible that it would be repeated in the future".

In July 2017, two German tourists were stabbed to death by a suspected jihadist assailant at the Egyptian Red Sea beach resort of Hurgada.

"We have been in contact with the embassy of Vietnam to contain the impact of the incident, and what is important now is to take care of the injured", he said. Tourism is a huge sector of the Egyptian economy but has suffered since the Arab Spring in 2010.

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