Egypt kills 40 'suspects' a day after tourist bus bombing

Egypt kills 40 after attack on tourists

Egypt kills 40 after attack on tourists

Three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian tour guide were killed on Friday (local time) when a roadside bomb blast hit their bus as it travelled close to the Giza pyramids outside Cairo, officials said.

It added that police had seized bomb-making materials, ammunition and a large number of weapons during the raids.

Militants reportedly planned attacks against Egypt's security forces, tourism and Christian places of worship. Eleven other Vietnamese people were injured by the blast, along with the Egyptian driver of the bus, after the detonation of an IED that was reportedly hidden near a wall on the outskirts of Cairo.

Over the past two years, militant attacks against Christians in Egypt - usually targeting churches or buses carrying pilgrims to remote desert monasteries - have killed over a hundred people.

The tourists were heading to a sound and light show at the pyramids, which they had visited earlier in the day, said Lan Le, 41, who was also aboard the bus but unhurt.

Two raids in the Giza governorate killed 30 "terrorists", while the remaining 10 were killed in the North Sinai, the ministry said in a statement.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, the first attack to target tourists since 2017.

Two German tourists were stabbed to death at a hotel in the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada past year.

Tourism is a mainstay of Egypt's economy.

The vehicle carrying tourists reportedly blew up near the Giza pyramid complex.

Egypt has for years been battling an armed movement in the thinly populated Sinai, which has gained pace since the military overthrew democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013.

The raids killed "40 terrorists" in Giza and North Sinai on Saturday morning, according to a statement from the ministry.

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