Egypt tourist bus explosion, 17 injured near Giza pyramids

Egypt bus bomb attack injures tourists outside Giza museum - Daily Star

They said Sunday’s blast wounded at least 17 people including tourists.

South Africa said in a statement that the "bus explosion" injured three of its 28 citizens who were part of the tourist group.

A third security source said the bus was carrying 25 South African tourists from the airport to the pyramids area, and that four Egyptians in a nearby vehicle were also injured by broken glass. There are no reports of deaths.

The Al-Arabiya broadcaster reported Sunday, citing two security sources that a blast has hit a tourist bus at the Grand Egyptian Museum, not far from the Giza pyramid complex.

Security sources told Reuters that most of the injured were foreign tourists, including several South African nationals.

Among them, 10 are Egyptian and seven South African, reports Sky News.

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The road near the Grand Egyptian Museum is often popular with tour buses travelling to and from the Great Pyramid of Giza.

One witness told Reuters he heard a "very loud explosion" while sitting in traffic.

There was no damage to the museum from the blast, which happened about 50m away from the outer fence and more than 400m from the building itself.

No terror group has claimed responsibility for the incident yet.

In recent years the nation has been plagued by an extreme Islamist militant insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.

The attack comes as the Egyptian tourism sector is recovering following years of crisis that followed the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ended with the toppling of then-leader Hosni Mubarak.

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