Two Vietnamese tourists killed, 10 injured in bus blast in Giza, Egypt

Deadly blast hits tourist bus in Giza, Egypt

Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and 11 others wounded when a bomb blast hit their bus on Friday less than four km from Egypt's world famous Giza pyramids, authorities said.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli visited the injured tourists in hospital, where he announced that the tour guide had died from his wounds.

Tourism has always been a mainstay of the country's economy.

The Islamic State group have claimed responsibility for Friday night's attacks in Paris, Thursdays's twin powerful suicide bombings that tore through a crowded Shiite neighbourhood of Beirut, and bringing down a Russian jetliner over Egypt's Sinai region earlier this month.

Photos surfaced on social media allegedly showing the attack site with the crumpled wreckage of the bus. In total, 14 Vietnamese tourists had been travelling on the bus, it said.

Deadly blast hits tourist bus in Giza, Egypt
Tourist Bus Blast Near Pyramids in Cairo Leaves Casualties – Egyptian Ministry

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

Egypt's interior ministry said the two fatalities and most of the injured were Vietnamese nationals.

The government says fighting Islamist militants is a priority as it works to restore stability after the years of turmoil that followed the "Arab spring" protests of 2011.

This was the first attack to target foreign tourists in nearly two years.

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