Roadside bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt's Giza pyramids

The bus driver and the tour guide, both Egyptian, were also injured after the explosion at 6.15pm local time (4.45pm GMT).

It said the bus - carrying 14 Vietnamese tourists - was traveling in the Marioutiyah area near the pyramids when the crude roadside bomb, concealed by a wall, went off.

Photos surfaced on social media allegedly showing the attack site with the crumpled wreckage of the bus.

Security services were immediately dispatched to the area and have opened an investigation into the explosion, the ministry added without giving further details.

"We have been in contact with the embassy of Vietnam to contain the impact of the incident, and what is important now is to take care of the injured", Prime Minister Madbouly was quoted as saying.

Deadly blast hits tourist bus in Giza, Egypt
Tourist Bus Blast Near Pyramids in Cairo Leaves Casualties – Egyptian Ministry

More than 450 suspected jihadists and around 30 Egyptian soldiers have been killed since the offensive began, the army said in October. The wounded included 10 Vietnamese tourists.

Egypt has for years been battling an Islamist insurgency in North Sinai, which surged following the 2013 military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

In October 2015, a bomb claimed by a local affiliate of Daesh killed 224 people on board a passenger jet carrying Russian tourists over the Sinai peninsula.

The last deadly attack on foreign tourists in Egypt was in July 2017, when two Germans were stabbed to death in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

  • Joey Payne