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Blast injures South African tourists on bus near Egypt's pyramids

The blast is the second targeting foreign tourists in recent months [Getty]

Date of publication: 19 May, 2019

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An explosion hit a tourist bus on Sunday near Egypt's famed pyramids, injuring several people, local media reported.

An explosion hit a tourist bus on Sunday near Egypt's famed pyramids, injuring several people, local media reported.

A "foreign object" went off on Sunday striking a bus carrying 25 South Africans and a private car carrying four Egyptians near the Grand Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo.

Local media said several of the tourists were injured by shattered glass.

The blast is the second targeting foreign tourists in recent months, and will further blow for the country's fragile tourism industry which has been in sharp decline since the 2011 uprising.

In December, three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide were killed in a similar bombing of a bus close to the pyramids.

Militancy has become widespread in Egypt, particularly in the Sinai where an Islamic State group are active with the Egyptian military launching an offensive on the area earlier this year.

A bombing of a Russian plane over the Sinai in 2015 killed 224 passengers and crew.

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