Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near pyramids

Minnie Murray
December 29, 2018

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

A makeshift explosive device placed next to a wall on Al-Marioteya Road was detonated at 6.15 p.m.as the bus rolled past, according to the interior ministry.

A blast hit a bus carrying tourists near the Egyptian pyramids in Giza on Friday, killing at least two and injuring several.

Two people were critically wounded, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said.

No immediate claim of responsibility was reported.


Still, Egypt had 8.3 million visitors in 2017, according to BBC. "The police forces have left to go to the scene, the circumstances are being clarified", the ministry said.

Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected militants in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza.

Egyptian tour guides hold a candlelight vigil at the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza in solidarity with victims of attacks in Paris and Beirut and the Russian plane crash in northern Sinai, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 15, 2015. "It was awful, people screaming", she told Reuters, speaking at al-Haram hospital, where the injured were taken. In total, 14 Vietnamese tourists had been traveling on the bus, it said.

Egypt's government says it is prioritising fighting Islamist militants, as it works to restore stability after years of turmoil following the Arab Spring protests of 2011.

The explosion was the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for more than a year.

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