CAIRO – The Egyptian security forces have killed 40 alleged militants in three incidents in northern Sinai and Giza, the Home Office said Saturday, a day after a bomb attack on a Vietnamese tourist bus in Giza, killing four people.
Bombings, less than 4 km from the pyramids, on the outskirts of Cairo, have been the first deadly attack on foreign tourists in Egypt for more than a year. The tourism sector, a major source of foreign currency, is recovering from a sharp decline in visitor numbers since the country's 2011 uprising.
A spokesman for the British Thomas Cook tour group said they had canceled day trips to Hurghada from the Red Sea after the attack and would Continue to check the security situation. [1
security forces killed in northern Sinai, ten suspected militants, where the country an uprising led by the Islamic State fights.
The state news agency MENA said the US government suspects were killed in a shootout.
The ministry did not provide details of the identity of the suspects or whether there were any casualties or injuries among the security forces. The statement said that the three raids took place simultaneously.
The ministry released photos of bloody corpses with hidden faces and assault rifles and shotguns lying on the ground next to them.
Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian leader were killed At least 10 others were injured when the road bomb hit their tour bus on Friday.
Events such as the bombing of a Russian airliner shortly after its departure from Sharm el Sheikh in 2015, in which all 224 people were killed on board, caused the number of tourists aboard Egypt crashes.
Since this attack, there are still no direct flights from major tourist markets such as the UK and Russia to the largest resort on the Red Sea, Sharm el Sheikh.
The Government says combating Islamist militants is a priority It works to restore stability after the years of unrest following the protests of the "Arab Spring" of 2011.
The Egyptian military and police launched a major campaign against militant soldiers in February, targeting the Sinai Peninsula as well as the southern areas and the border with Libya.