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Egypt: Tourist bus hit by bomb near pyramids

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GIZA, Dec. 28, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Dec. 28, 2018 shows the site of an explosion in Giza, Egypt. Two Vietnamese tourists were killed Friday when a home-made bomb hit a bus carrying foreign tourists in Marioutiya area near the Giza Pyramids, Egyptian interior ministry said. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa/IANS) by .
The site of an explosion in Giza, Egypt. Two Vietnamese tourists were killed Friday when a home-made bomb hit a bus carrying foreign tourists in Marioutiya area near the Giza Pyramids, Egyptian interior ministry said.

An explosion targeting a bus carrying Vietnamese tourists on an excursion to the Giza pyramids left four people dead and 10 others wounded, Egyptian authorities said…reports Asian Lite News

GIZA, Dec. 28, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Dec. 28, 2018 shows the site of an explosion in Giza, Egypt. Two Vietnamese tourists were killed Friday when a home-made bomb hit a bus carrying foreign tourists in Marioutiya area near the Giza Pyramids, Egyptian interior ministry said. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa/IANS) by .
The site of an explosion in Giza, Egypt. Two Vietnamese tourists were killed Friday when a home-made bomb hit a bus carrying foreign tourists in Marioutiya area near the Giza Pyramids, Egyptian interior ministry said.

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

The bus driver and nine other Vietnamese visitors were wounded.

A makeshift explosive device placed next to a wall on Al-Marioteya Road was detonated at 6.15 p.m. as the bus rolled past, according to the interior ministry.

While the three tourists were pronounced dead at the scene, the guide died on the operating table at El Haram hospital, Prime Minister Mustafa Madbuli told reporters.

The Vietnamese were visiting the pyramids for the nightly spectacle of music and illumination put on by Sound and Light, company chief Sameh Saad told EFE.

GIZA, Dec. 28, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Police officers work near the site of an explosion in Giza, Egypt, on Dec. 28, 2018. Two Vietnamese tourists were killed Friday when a home-made bomb hit a bus carrying foreign tourists in Marioutiya area near the Giza Pyramids, Egyptian interior ministry said. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa/IANS) by .
Police officers work near the site of an explosion in Giza, Egypt

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

This is Egypt’s first attack against tourists using explosives since late 2015, when a bomb blew a Russian airliner out of the skies above the Sinai peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard.

The country has been under a state of emergency since April 2017, following a series of terrorist attacks against Coptic Christian churches in the Nile delta.

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