4 Killed as Bomb Strikes Tourist Bus Near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids

A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Friday, 28 December in an area near the Giza Pyramids, killing 3 Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide, PTI reported quoting AFP.

A statement by Egypt’s public prosecutor’s office said 11 other tourists from Vietnam were wounded along with the Egyptian bus driver when the homemade device exploded at 6:15 pm.

According to AP, the bus was traveling in the Marioutiyah area near the pyramids when the crude roadside bomb, concealed by a wall, went off. The wounded included 10 Vietnamese tourists.

The bus was carrying a total of 14 Vietnamese tourists, two of which escaped unharmed, reported AP.

The attack takes place as Egypt’s vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

According to AP, over the past two years, militant attacks against Christians in Egypt — usually targeting churches or buses carrying pilgrims to remote desert monasteries — have killed over a hundred people.

(With inputs from AP and PTI)

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Updated: December 29, 2018 — 1:03 am