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South Africans injured in Egyptian Bomb blast

JOHANNESBURG: A bomb blast hit a tourist bus near Egypt’s famed Giza Pyramids on Sunday, wounding tourists including South Africans. According to reports, the roadside bomb went off as the bus was being driven in Giza, also injuring civilians in a nearby car.
According to reports by BBC, 17 people were injured including three South Africans, no fatalities were recorded.
South Africa said in a statement that the bus explosion affected 28 of its citizens who were part of the tourist group.

The injured would remain in hospital where they are being treated for minor injuries while the rest returned home on Monday morning, said the statement from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco). 
This incident comes after three Vietnamese holidaymakers and their Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit their bus as it traveled near the Giza Pyramids outside Cairo in December.
Egypt has been battling an insurgency that surged especially in the turbulent North Sinai region following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was replaced by former army general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Some 650 militants and around 45 soldiers have been killed since the start of the offensive, according to separate statements by the armed forces.

These incidents come as a blow to Egyptian authorities and tourism as the country prepares itself to host the much anticipated Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament next month.

Story by Mfanelo Dlamini mfanelo@goxtranews.com

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