Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids, kills two


The improvised explosive device was placed near a wall along Mariyutiya Street in the Haram district near the Giza pyramids, the interior ministry's statement said. No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The damaged tourist bus after a roadside bomb in an area near the Giza Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.

According to statement issued by Egypt's interior ministry, the explosion came due to primitive explosive device.

There were 14 on the bus, ten of those injured were Vietnamese and two were Egyptians.

The attack took place as Egypt's vital tourism industry has showed 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.

The bomb went off when the bus went by, authorities said.

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However, the sector has since recovered and 8.3 million people visited in 2017, the Financial Times reports.

"We stand with all Egyptians in the fight against terrorism and support the Egyptian government in bringing the perpetrators of this attack to justice", State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said.

The Prime Minister announced that the death toll, which was initially set at two Vietnamese tourists, had risen to three after the representative of the tour company on the trip succumbed to his injuries.

Madbouli said that the Egyptian tour guide had died in hospital from his wounds.

"The bus deviated from the route secured by the security forces", he told Extra News TV. But Daesh terrorists have a history of targeting tourists.