Deadly blast hits tourist bus in Giza, Egypt

Security forces stand near a tourist bus after a roadside bomb. Image AP

A blast hit a bus carrying tourists near the Egyptian pyramids in Giza on Friday, killing at least two and injuring several.

The Egyptian bus driver, the tour guide and 10 Vietnamese tourists were wounded.

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

There were no immediate reports of any group saying it was behind the attack, but Islamist militants have targeted tourists in the past.

Photos surfaced on social media allegedly showing the attack site with the crumpled wreckage of the bus.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli was set to visit the injured tourists in hospital after following up with his ministers on the incident, a government statement said.

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An investigator at the scene said the device had likely been planted near the wall.

Egypt's interior ministry said the two fatalities and most of the injured were Vietnamese nationals. In total, 14 Vietnamese tourists had been travelling on the bus, it said.

Egypt has for years been battling an insurgency in North Sinai, which surged following the 2013 military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

Friday's attack however is the first attack to target foreign tourists in nearly two years.

In October 2015, a bomb claimed by a local affiliate of Daesh killed 224 people on board a passenger jet carrying Russian tourists over the Sinai peninsula.

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