Deadly blast hits tour bus near Giza pyramids in Egypt

Riot police secure a scene of a bus blast in Giza Egypt

A roadside bomb has hit a tourist bus in an area near the Giza pyramids, killing two Vietnamese tourists and wounding 12 others, according to Egypt's Interior Ministry.

The interior ministry said the bus was hit by an explosion from an improvised device hidden near a wall on Marioutiya street at around 6.15pm.

A terrorist attack took the lives of two people and injured a dozen more in Egypt Friday; targeting a tourist bus as it made its way towards the country's world-famous ancient pyramids.

This was the first attack to target foreign tourists in nearly two years.

What do we know of Friday's attack?

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Egypt has since been seeking to lure tourists back and spur the lucrative sector by touting new archaeological discoveries and bolstering security around archaeological sites and in airports.

The cause of the explosion was a roadside bomb, said the ministry in a statement.

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".

How has tourism fared in Egypt in recent years?

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Ten of the wounded were Vietnamese tourists, and one was the Egyptian driver, according to official statements. It peaked in 2010, when the country saw more than 14 million visitors, but fell sharply after the turmoil of the Arab Spring the following year.

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