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17 people injured after explosion hits tourist bus near Egyptian pyramids

It comes months after a similar explosion killed three tourists in the region.

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Updated May 19th 2019, 4:44 PM

AT LEAST 17 people have been injured after an explosion struck a tourist bus near Egypt’s pyramids earlier today.

South African and Egyptian tourists are among those reported to have been injured after the explosive device went off, according to security and medical sources.

The roadside bomb went off as the bus was being driven in Giza, also causing injuries to Egyptians in a nearby car, medical and security sources said.

There were no deaths reported.

“A device exploded and smashed the windows of a bus carrying 25 people from South Africa and a private car carrying four Egyptians,” the security source said. 

Video footage captured by AFP showed the bus and car with broken windows on the side of the road.

According to the security source, the wounded were being treated for scratches caused by the broken glass.

Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spokesman for South Africa’s department of international relations, told AFP that “there might be South Africans involved” but declined to give any figures.

It is not yet known who is responsible for the bombing.

The incident comes less than five months after three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit their bus as it traveled near the pyramids in Giza.

With reporting from - © AFP 2019.

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