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Tourist Bus Blast Near Pyramids in Cairo Leaves Casualties – Egyptian Ministry

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Egyptian Pyramids - Sputnik International
According to Sky News Arabia, the blast occurred in the city of Cairo on Friday.

The vehicle carrying tourists reportedly blew up near the Giza pyramid complex. Addressing the incident, the Egyptian Interior Ministry has stated that two Vietnamese tourists were killed and 10 wounded, adding that the blast had been caused by an improvised explosive device.

"At 18.15 local time (16.15 GMT), an improvised explosive device exploded near the wall during as a bus with 14 Vietnamese tourists on El Marizou Street in El Giza passed by, causing the deaths of two and wounding 10 tourists, as well as two Egyptians — a guide and a bus driver. The police forces have left to go to the scene, the circumstances are being clarified", the ministry said.

According to Sky News Arabia, the blast occurred amid a tightening of security measures in important locations of the Egyptian capital.

Egypt has been fighting a jihadist insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula since the military overthrew then-President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The militants on the Sinai pledged allegiance to the Daesh* terrorist group in 2014, and have claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks in the region since then.

* Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia

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