DFA warns Filipinos in Egypt to be vigilant after tourist bus bombing

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A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Friday near the Giza Pyramids, killing three Vietnamese and their Egyptian guide, officials said. "Two Vietnamese visitors died when the homemade device ripped through the bus after it was concealed behind a wall".

The bomb went off at about 18:15 (5.45am this morning NZ time) on Maryoutiya Street in Giza's Haram district, the interior ministry says.

Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group have claimed responsibility for previous attacks, including against Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, who make up about 10 per cent of the country's population.

Another 10 people were injured.

The group had been on the way to a sound and light show at the pyramids, which they had visited earlier in the day. "I don't remember anything after". However, this is the first attack to target foreign tourists in nearly two years.

Police officers examined the shattered vehicle.

Shortly afterward, workers brought a pick-up truck to tow the bus away.

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According to the statement by the Interior Ministry, the 30 terrorists were killed in two hideouts located in the Giza governorate and eleven were arrested.

A statement by the public prosecutor's office said 11 other tourists from Vietnam and the Egyptian bus driver were injured when the bomb exploded.

"The bus deviated from the route secured by the security forces", Madbouly told Extra News TV, Reuters reported.

Security forces have since February been conducting a major operation focused on the Sinai Peninsula, aimed at wiping out a local IS branch.

The government has said fighting Islamist militants is a priority, as it works to restore stability after years of turmoil following 2011's Arab Spring protests.

In July 2017, two German tourists were fatally stabbed by a suspected jihadist at the Egyptian Red Sea beach resort of Hurghada.

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