At least 17 injured as tourists hit by roadside bomb near pyramids

At least 17 people have been injured after a tourist bus was hit by a roadside bomb outside a museum near Cairo, Egypt.

The explosion is believed to have happened near the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, according to reports.

Two sources told Reuters that most of the injuries were foreign tourists, including one person believed to be from South Africa.

There are reports of deaths at this stage.

A witness, Mohamed el-Mandouh, said he heard a "very loud explosion" while sitting in traffic near the site of the blast.

Pictures posted on social media showed a bus with some of its windows blown out or shattered, and debris in the road nextto a low wall with a hole in it.

The location is home to the renowned Great Pyramid of Giza and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

In 2019, three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and 11 others injured when a bomb blast hit their bus.

The explosion took place on the Marioutiya Road in the pyramid district, one of the most famous streets in greater Cairo.

Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilt over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists.

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