Bomb Strikes Tourist Bus Near Egypt's Giza Pyramids, Kills 4

Four killed in bombing of tourist bus near Egypt's pyramids

A makeshift roadside bomb struck a tour bus in Greater Cairo, killing 2 Vietnamese tourists, the interior ministry said in a statement.

This picture taken on December 28, 2018 shows a view of a tourist bus that was attacked in Giza province south of the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Egypt's interior ministry said the bus was hit by an explosion from an improvised device hidden near a wall at around 1815 local time (1615 GMT).

Without advising authorities, the bus deviated from the route established by the interior ministry for vehicles bringing visitors to Giza, Madbuli said.

Security forces in Egypt have killed 40 suspected militants a day after four people died in a bombing on a Vietnamese tourist bus.

Security forces have since February been conducting a major operation focused on the Sinai Peninsula, aimed at wiping out a local Daesh branch.

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Three of the tourists were killed along with the tour guide, an Egyptian citizen, Attorney General Nabil Ahmed Sadeq said in a statement.

President Abdel Fahah al Sisi is closely following all of Marioteya bus terrorist attack updates along with the ministers and security bodies according to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Friday.

"A group of terrorists were planning to carry out a series of aggressive attacks targeting state institutions, particularly economic ones, as well as tourism. and Christian places of worship", the ministry statement said.

In July 2017, two German tourists were stabbed to death by a suspected Islamic militant at the Egyptian Red Sea beach resort of Hurgada.

The blast and the subsequent police raids come as Egypt battles a persistent jihadist insurgency in the North Sinai, which surged after the 2013 overthrow by the army of Mubarak's Islamist successor Mohamed Morsi.

The pyramids are one of the world's major tourist attractions, drawing nearly 15 million visitors every year.

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