Terrorism & Insurgency

Cairo IED attack underlines risks to Egypt’s tourism sector but does not represent increase in terrorism capabilities

04 January 2019


An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on 28 December in a side-street of Al-Marioutiya Street in Giza’s Haram district, approximately four kilometres from Egypt’s Great Pyramid complex.

Shrapnel from the explosion killed three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide on the bus, and wounded at least 10 others. According to photographs of the scene, the IED detonated from a wall as the bus was passing. On 29 December, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior claimed to have carried out counter-terrorism raids in Giza and North Sinai, which killed 40 alleged militants as they were planning attacks during the upcoming New Year and Coptic Christian Christmas celebrations.

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