Families of Vietnamese tourists hit by bomb attack arrive in Cairo

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Dec 2018

Vietnamese victims in Al-Haram hospital on Saturday December 29, 2018 with Egyptian Red Crescent team (Photo: Sherine Abdel Azim)

The families of Vietnamese tourists who were killed or wounded in a bomb blast near Egypt's famed Giza pyramids arrived in Cairo on Sunday, state news agency MENA reported.

Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide were killed in the Friday attack while on their tour bus on the outskirts of Cairo. Nine other Vietnamese tourists were wounded, as was the Egyptian driver.

Five family members of the Vietnamese tourists arrived at Cairo International Airport on board a Turkish Airlines flight and were received by the Vietnamese deputy ambassador, as well as representatives from the foreign and tourism ministries

Egypt’s interior ministry said the bus was hit by an improvised device hidden near a wall in the late afternoon.

The attack came as Egypt's tourism sector recovers from a sharp decline in visitors since the 2011 uprising.

A day after the bombing, Egypt's interior ministry said that security forces had killed 40 militants suspected of involvement in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza, but did not specify whether the extremists were linked to Friday's attack.

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