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19 May 2019 | 05:15 PM UTC

Egypt: An explosion targeting a tourist bus carrying 28 passengers injured at least 17

Egypt News Alert

Today, Sunday, May 19th, an explosion targeting a tourist bus carrying 28 passengers has injured at least 17 people next to the pyramids in Giza.

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Giza

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Event

Today, Sunday, May 19th, an explosion targeting a tourist bus carrying 28 passengers has injured at least 17 people next to the pyramids in Giza. South African tourists are among the injured. Most of those hurt suffered minor injuries. The device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing. It is not yet known who was behind the bombing but Islamist militants have attacked tourists in Egypt in the past. In December 2018, three Vietnamese tourists and a local tour guide were killed after a roadside bomb hit their bus.

Context

This is the second explosion in nearly six months near Egypt's most important landmark, the Great Pyramids, and once again questions are raised about how adequate security measures this touristic place.

Advice

Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, report suspicious behavior and objects to the authorities, remain vigilant when visiting areas vulnerable to terrorist attacks (e.g. tourist sites, churches, international and government buildings, public transportation hubs, etc.), and anticipate similar security operations in the near term.

 

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