Tourist Bus Blast Near Pyramids in Cairo Leaves Casualties - Egyptian Ministry

Tourist Bus Blast Near Pyramids in Cairo Leaves Casualties - Egyptian Ministry

Tourist Bus Blast Near Pyramids in Cairo Leaves Casualties - Egyptian Ministry

The blast is the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt in more than a year and comes as the tourism sector, a vital source of foreign currency revenue, was recovering from a sharp drop in visitor numbers since the country's 2011 uprising. Fourteen tourists were reported on bus, all of them were Vietnamese.

There were no immediate reports of any group saying it was behind the attack, but Islamist militants have targeted tourists in the past. The identity of the other injured person was unclear.

An interior ministry statement said ten other tourists from Vietnam as well as the Egyptian bus driver were wounded when the homemade device exploded in the early evening.

Photos on social media showed the right side of the bus caved in and peppered with shrapnel.

Security services were immediately dispatched to the area and have opened an investigation into the explosion, the ministry added without giving further details.

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The bombing took place in the Giza region near Cairo.

Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilt over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists.

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

Two German tourists were stabbed to death at a hotel in the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada past year.

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