Earlier today, a bomb hidden next to a wall exploded near a bus carrying 14 Vietnamese tourists in the Giza pyramid region of Egypt. Three tourists are dead, and 11 — including the Egyptian bus driver and guide — were injured in the blast. Only two of the 16 people on board escaped unharmed.
While no further details are available at this time, the explosion is believed to be terror-related; militants have targeted foreign tourists in the past, but this would be the first attack on foreign tourists in Egypt in a year and a half.
The explosion comes at a time when Egypt’s tourism industry is seeing a resurgence since the political strife in 2011, with travelers worldwide beginning to view the country as safe to visit again. Regardless of future tourism prospects, the explosion will almost certainly cause authorities to tighten security around heavily-trafficked sites before the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations.