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Cairo Pyramids Bomb First to Target Foreigners in Two Years

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7Dnews London - Reuters

Fri, 28 Dec 2018 22:11 GMT

Two Vietnamese tourists were killed on Friday December 28th, and 10 others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their bus as it travelled close to the pyramids in Cairo, in the first attack to target foreign tourists in Egypt in almost two years, Reuters has reported.

The bus was hit by an explosion from an improvised device hidden near a wall on Marioutiya street at around 18:15 local time (16:15 GMT), 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.  

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.

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