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A bus with tourists was hit by a deadly explosion near pyramids in Egypt

A tourist bus was hit by a major blast in Egypt, south of the capital Cairo in the Giza district, less than three miles from the Giza pyramids.

Egypt's interior ministry confirmed the bus had been carrying a party of tourists from Vietnam. Two Vietnamese tourists and a local guide had been killed and 11 others had been injured, two of them critically. The bus driver was also injured. A bomb hidden beside a wall on Marioutiya street went off as the bus was passing. In fact, the bus went off its planned route without alerting security forces. Various local outlets shared photos online of what appeared to be a badly damaged bus bearing the logo of the Trogils Travel company on the side.

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There were no immediate reports of any group saying it was behind the attack, but Islamist militants have targeted tourists in the past. Terrorists have especially targeted religious sites, to include mosques, churches, monasteries, and buses traveling to these locations. Security forces rushed to the scene in response and police are investigating. The area was evacuated by security forces after the explosion, with casualties taken to hospital. Tourism is important for Egypt. The pyramids are one of the world's major tourist attraction. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told visiting Vietnamese leaders in May that he was keen to revive Vietnamese tourism in his country.

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