At least two people were killed and 12 injured on Friday as a bus carrying Vietnamese tourists on their trip to the ancient Giza pyramids was rocked by an improvised explosive device in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.
The bus was travelling in the Marioutiyah area near the pyramids when the crude roadside bomb, concealed by a wall, went off. The wounded included 10 Vietnamese tourists.
The other two wounded were the Egyptian bus driver and the guide.
The bus was carrying a total of 14 Vietnamese tourists, it added, saying only two of them escaped unharmed.
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 or tourists.
However, this is the first attack to target foreign tourists in almost two years.
The attack takes place as Egypt’s vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.