Egypt Kills 40 Suspected Militants After Giza Bombing (Reports).
The United Arab Emirates has condemned the terrorist bomb attack that hit a tourist bus on Friday near the Giza Pyramids, in Egypt.
A reported four civilians were killed in the roadside bomb attack, wounding 11 others.
MOFAIC expressed the UAE’s condolences and solace to the government and the people of Egypt, as well as to the families of those killed, wishing the injured a quick recovery.
Egypt’s security forces have killed 40 suspected militants over the course of three separate operations, the interior ministry said on Saturday.
The announcement comes just one day after a roadside bomb in Giza struck a tour bus, killing three Vietnamese passengers and their Egyptian guide.
Thirty suspected “terrorists” were killed during two raids in the Giza governorate, while the remaining 10 were killed in the restive North Sinai.
“Information was received by the national security that a group of terrorists were planning to carry out a series of aggressive attacks targeting state institutions, particularly economic ones, as well as tourism, armed forces, police and Christian places of worship,” the ministry said.
Police also found a large number of weapons and ammunition as well as bomb-making materials, it said.
Also on Saturday the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) and the Arab Parliament released a statement condemning the attack and reiterating their support of Egypt and the fight against terrorism. MOFAIC also expressed the UAE’s condolences to the government of Egypt and the families of those killed.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Giza bombing but Egypt has been battling an extremist insurgency in North Sinai, where security forces launched an operation in February to wipe out a local branch of ISIS.
The blast on Friday evening was caused by an improvised explosive device that was detonated as the bus passed by, officials said.
The bomb was hidden near a wall along the Mariyutiya Street in Al Haram district near the Giza Pyramids, the public prosecutor’s office said
It said 11 other tourists from Vietnam and an Egyptian bus driver were wounded in the blast.
Armed security personnel quickly cordoned off the area for inspection.
The white tourist bus could be seen with its windows shattered and surrounded by soot-covered debris.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli visited the injured in hospital, where he announced that the tour guide had died from his wounds.
Mr Madbouli urged against “amplifying” the incident as he insisted that “no country in the world can guarantee that its 100 per cent safe”.
“It’s possible at times that an individual incident takes place here or there,” he told journalists.
“We have to know that it’s possible that it would be repeated in the future.”
Vietnam called on Egypt to find those behind the attack.
“Vietnam is extremely angered by and strongly condemns this act of terrorism that killed and injured innocent Vietnamese people,” a foreign ministry spokeswoman said.
“Vietnam requests that Egypt promptly launch an investigation into the case and track down those responsible.”
The attack was condemned by the UAE, the Arab Parliament and the United States.
“We stand with all Egyptians in the fight against terrorism and support the Egyptian government in bringing the perpetrators of this attack to justice,” US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said.
Egypt’s tourism industry has been struggling to recover from terror attacks and domestic instability that has hit the country in recent years.