Tourist bus hit by roadside bomb near Egypt's Giza; injuries reported

At least a dozen people were injured after a tourist bus was hit by a roadside bomb Sunday near a museum being built close to the Giza Pyramids in Egypt. The exact number of injured was not immediately known, but Egyptian officials told the AP at least 16 people were hurt.

Most of the injured included tourists, including South African nationals, security sources told Reuters.

Pictures posted to social media showed a bus with its windows cracked and debris in the road as some people tended to their injuries. A device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing. A witness to the blast told Reuters he heard a "very loud explosion" while sitting in traffic near the area.

It is not yet known who was behind the bombing but Islamist militants have attacked tourists in Egypt in the past. Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists.

The attack comes as Egypt's vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

The apparent attack is the second to target foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months.

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