Published: Sat, December 29, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

2 tourists die, 10 injured in bus explosion in Marioteya district

2 tourists die, 10 injured in bus explosion in Marioteya district

A roadside blast has killed two Vietnamese tourists and injured 12 other people on a bus near the Giza pyramids in Egypt, the Egyptian ministry of interior says.

A homemade device exploded at 6:15 pm (3:15pm GMT) on Friday causing the deaths of two Vietnamese tourists, a ministry statement said.

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

This is a developing story.

No one immediately claimed responsibility.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly was reported to be following the attack's updates along with the interior minister, Giza Governor and other security bodies.

The bomb was planted on the roadside of Al Haram Mariotia Street in Giza, southwest of Cairo, the authorities said.

That incident dealt a severe blow to Egypt's tourism industry still reeling from the turmoil set off by the 2011 uprising that forced veteran leader Hosni Mubarak from power.

Security is already tight in Egypt, with the tourist season at its height and the country's main Christian minority, the Copts, preparing to celebrate Orthodox Christmas on 7 January.

During the past two years, militant attacks against Christians in Egypt - usually targeting churches or buses carrying pilgrims to remote desert monasteries - have killed more than a hundred people.

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