Sunday, 15 September, 2019

Tourist bus targeted near the Giza pyramids with large explosion

Tourists seen near damaged bus from the aftermath of an explosion near the Grand Egyptian Museum Tourists seen near damaged bus from the aftermath of an explosion near the Grand Egyptian Museum
Deanna Wagner | 21 May, 2019, 13:41

The bomb exploded as the bus passed the museum, which is still under construction on the outskirts of Cairo, the source added.

Earlier, AFP reported that 17 people were injured when an explosion rocked a tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids, according to officials. In December, three Vietnamese tourists and a local tour guide were killed after their bus was targeted by a roadside bomb bear the Giza pyramids.

Sisulu says the other 25 will arrive back in South Africa on Monday morning.

One witness told Reuters news agency that he heard a "very loud explosion" near the site of the blast.

The explosion was caused by a device, which was detonated near the bus, the report stated.

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The attack comes as Egypt's tourism industry is finally showing signs of recovery after years of turmoil that followed a 2011 uprising against former leader Hosni Mubarak. Footage circulated online shows shattered windows of the bus.

A damaged bus is seen at the site of a blast near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Cairo on Sunday.

There has been no claim of responsibility for Sunday's blast, but authorities have in the past blamed Hasm for a series of attacks in the greater Cairo area, including the shooting death of policemen.

The attack is the second to target foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months. The insurgency gained strength after the 2013 military overthrow of the country's first freely elected president, an Islamist whose brief rule sparked mass protests.