cloudy.png
Monday November 30th, 2020 12:04PM

Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids, kills 4

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

CAIRO (AP) — A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Friday near the Giza Pyramids, killing three Vietnamese and their Egyptian guide, officials said.

The bus was traveling in the Marioutiyah area near the pyramids when the crude roadside bomb, concealed by a wall, went off, Egypt's chief prosecutor Nabil Sadeq said in a statement. The blast wounded 11 other Vietnamese tourists as well as the Egyptian driver.

The bus was carrying a total of 15 Vietnamese tourists, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It said that 10 were seriously injured.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt Tran Thanh Cong visited the scene of the attack and Al Haram Hospital, where the victims were being treated, the ministry said.

Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists. However, this is the first attack to target foreign tourists in almost two years.

The attack takes place as Egypt's vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

It will likely prompt authorities to further tighten security around churches and associated facilities ahead of the New year's Eve celebrations and next month's Christmas celebrations of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the dominant denomination among Egypt's estimated 10 million Christians.

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.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, AP World News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids, kills 4
A roadside bomb has hit a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids, killing three Vietnamese and their Egyptian guide
10:46PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Vucevic has 30 points, 20 boards; Magic routs Raptors 116-87
Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 20 rebounds and the Orlando Magic snapped a four-game losing streak with a 116-87 rout of the Toronto Raptors on Friday night
10:33PM ( 19 minutes ago )
The Latest: GOP, Democrats trade blame as shutdown drags on
The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year.
10:30PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Trump and China loom over a tumultuous year in Asia
Across Asia, there are pockets of optimism but also a pervasive feeling of disquiet as 2018 closes, a lot of which is linked to the twin political behemoths whose presence has been felt this year in every corner of Asia: China and Trump
8:19PM ( 2 hours ago )
UK honors cave rescue divers, Twiggy, Monty Python's Palin
British divers who came to the rescue of young soccer players trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand are among those being recognized in Britain's New Year's Honors List
6:51PM ( 4 hours ago )
Lawyer: McCarrick repeatedly touched youth during confession
The Vatican's sexual abuse case against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has expanded significantly with a man's testimony that the retired American archbishop sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11
5:16PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP World News
Vucevic has 30 points, 20 boards; Magic routs Raptors 116-87
Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 20 rebounds and the Orlando Magic snapped a four-game losing streak with a 116-87 rout of the Toronto Raptors on Friday night
10:33PM ( 19 minutes ago )
The Latest: GOP, Democrats trade blame as shutdown drags on
The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year.
10:30PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Snyder signs bill to make Michigan ballot drives tougher
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law making it harder for groups to put proposals on the statewide ballot
10:29PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Cotton Bowl: Can Notre Dame measure up to No. 2 Clemson?
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has built the Tigers into what Notre Dame used to be and what Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly is trying to recreate
10:17PM ( 34 minutes ago )
Syracuse tops West Virginia in Camping World Bowl, 34-18
Syracuse caps first 10-win season since 2001 with a 34-18 win over West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl
8:59PM ( 1 hour ago )