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Egypt - update as tourists are targeted again


29 December 2018 - RPS Partnership

Yesterday, a tourist bus was targeted in a bomb attack in Egypt, near to the Giza pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo, putting tourists yet again on the frontline of terrorism in north Africa. RPS Partnership's trainers have been working consistently in Egypt over the last year and we know the area well.

If you are in Egypt, planning to go there for work or holidays and are worried, please do get in touch and we can chat your concerns over with you. info@rpspartnership.com or call us on +44 (0) 1225 290210 and one of our advisors will call you straight back.

Our advice at present is to remain vigiliant and to avoid major tourist locations for the next few days until 2 january 2019. If you see anything suspicious, pls contact the security forces immediately and move away from the area.

What we know so far is as follows

An IED (an improvised explosive device/bomb) killed two Vietnamese tourists and injured 12 other people travelling on a bus in Giza’s Haram district at around 1815 hrs local time yesterday (28th December 2018), according to a statement from the interior ministry. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Militant attacks targeting tourists have been rare since the downing of a Russian passenger aircraft in the Sinai in October 2015, which left 224 people dead and was claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

The security forces have hit back against 40 of the alleged militants, according to a statement released by the Interior Ministry. Authorities raided two “militant hideouts” in Giza, killing 30 militants and recovering unspecified firearms and ammunition, and one in the Sinai, where ten militants were killed. The ministry statement alleges the militants in Giza were planning further attacks on foreign nationals during the Christmas and New Year period. It is not clear whether those killed were responsible for the Giza bus attack. Authorities have launched an investigation after unconfirmed reports emerged that the vehicle had deviated from its agreed route prior to the explosion.

 While no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, previous attacks targeting tourists in Egypt have typically been perpetrated by the Islamic State (IS) group or al-Qaeda. Authorities have launched an investigation after unconfirmed reports emerged that the vehicle had deviated from its agreed route prior to the explosion.

Please contact us for more information on travel to Egypt or to north Africa in the coming weeks and months.

Contact us in the first instance on info@rpspartnership.com 

Photo: RPS Partnership working in Cairo, Egypt