An explosion targeting a tourist bus occurred Sunday next to the pyramids in Giza. Another vehicle was also damaged.
The blast took place a few hundred metres away from the Grand Egyptian Museum, due to open next year. Egypt's Minister of Tourism Rania A. Al Mashat called it a "minor explosion." It's the second explosion in nearly six months near Egypt's most important landmark, the Great Pyramids The blast hit the bus which was carrying 28 passengers including 25 South African tourists, Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania A Al Mashat said. At least 17 people were injured, most of them by shards of the broken glass of the bus. There are no reports of deaths in the blast.
Security forces cordoned off the site of the explosion and the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital. It is not yet known who was behind the bombing. Islamic militants, who are active in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, have in the past targeted minority Christians and foreign tourists on the mainland. No tourist comes to Cairo without visiting the Great Pyramids. The Great Pyramid and the Pyramid of Khafre are the largest pyramids built in ancient Egypt, and they have historically been common as emblems of ancient Egypt.