Two dead after blast hits tourist bus in Egypt

Two dead after blast hits tourist bus in Egypt

Two dead after blast hits tourist bus in Egypt

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

The tourist bus could be seen with its windows shattered and surrounded by soot-covered debris.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli was set to visit the injured tourists in hospital after following up with his ministers on the incident, a government statement said.

Two Egyptians, including the bus driver, are among the injured, according to the ministry.

"We have to know that it's possible that it would be repeated in the future".

The attack takes place as Egypt's vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt's neighbours in the region condemned the attack and the British Ambassador to Cairo, Geoffrey Adams, said the United Kingdom stood "with Egypt in the fight against terrorism".

Egypt has attempted in recent to lure tourists back to the country, with some success. The official statistics agency says tourists arrivals in Egypt in 2017 reached 8.2 million, up from 5.3 million the year before.

Egypt's army and police launched a major campaign against militant groups in February, targeting the Sinai Peninsula as well as southern areas and the border with Libya.

According to statement issued by Egypt's interior ministry, the explosion came due to primitive explosive device.

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