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Vietnamese tourists killed in blast near Cairo pyramids

2018-12-29 05:21
Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and 11 others injured when a bomb blast hit their bus on Friday (December 28) less than four km (2.5 miles) from Egypt's world famous Giza pyramids, authorities said. Nine of the injured were Vietnamese tourists, and one was the Egyptian driver, according to official statements. In total, 14 Vietnamese tourists had been travelling on the bus, said the interior ministry. The interior ministry said the bus was hit by an explosion from an improvised device hidden near a wall on Marioutiya street at around 1815 (1615 GMT). No immediate claim of responsibility was reported. About two hours after the blast, the vehicle could be seen behind a police cordon with one of its sides badly damaged and the windows blown out, a Reuters reporter said. Dozens of police, military and firefighters were at the site, on a narrow sidestreet close to the ring road, where traffic was moving normally. The injured were taken to the nearby Al Haram hospital, where Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said the guide had died from his injuries. He also said Egyptian authorities had been in contact with the embassy of Vietnam and would try to contain the impact of the incident, adding that "the most important thing is to provide medical care to all those who were injured." The blast is the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for more than a year and comes as the tourism sector, a vital source of foreign currency revenue, was recovering from a sharp drop in visitor numbers since the country's 2011 uprising.