Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt's Giza pyramids, kills 2

Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt's Giza pyramids, kills 2

At least three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide were killed Friday when a roadside bomb struck a tourist bus in Egypt, Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek announced Friday night, according to state-run Ahram Online.

It added that police had seized bomb-making materials, ammunition and a large number of weapons during the raids.

A roadside bomb hidden in a wall exploded as the bus carrying 14 Vietnamese tourists went by.

A statement from the ministry said the bus driver and the tour guide, both Egyptian, were also wounded in the explosion.

Four people were killed and eleven others were injured in the incident, which is the first affecting foreign tourists in Egypt in more than a year.

The authorities acted after receiving information that the suspects were preparing a series of attacks against state and tourist institutions and churches, it said.

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In July 2017, two German tourists were stabbed to death by a suspected Islamic militant at the Egyptian Red Sea beach resort of Hurgada. No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack comes as Egypt has been working on reviving its economy after the 2011 uprising.

Worse was to come after militants bombed a Russian passenger jet in 2015 as it left Sharm el Sheikh, killing 224 people.

Egypt has faced a string of bombings in the past few years, with several targeting Egyptian security forces in the country's Sinai peninsula.

The Pyramids of Giza are the only surviving structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world and a major tourist draw attracting visitors from across the globe.

Since the start of the campaign, 450 jihadists were presumed to have been killed "in the north and the centre of Sinai by [soldiers] and police", army spokesman Tamer al-Rifai told AFP.

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