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Masked gunmen target tourist hotel near Cairo Giza Pyramids

EgyptWondersPolice in Cairo are hunting one of the gunmen who shot up a hotel and tour bus close to the Giza Pyramids in Cairo yesterday. The two masked men rode up on motorcycles before opening fire at the front of Three Pyramids Hotel.

Security agencies in Cairo say the duo used some kind of air-gun and also home-made explosive devices in their attack. The assault smashed windows at the front of the hotel as well as on the bus, but no tourists or passers-by were injured.

Giving details of the incident, a spokesperson for the Egyptian Security Information Centre stated that witnesses had reported seeing a group of 15 men on a nearby side-street immediately beforehand. He continued by saying that as  they rode past the Three Pyramids two of them seemed to be aiming their weapons at security personnel stationed outside.  

One of the perpetrators was captured at the scene while the other was still at large earlier today. The spokesperson noted that no tourists were on board the bus at the time of the attack, but witnesses say some were carrying their luggage nearby and they had to flee for cover. 

The Egyptian government claims that the group were not targeting tourists and that they were aiming at the guards outside the hotel. Tourism operators in the country say that although this may be true it will certainly not bring droves of tourists back in a hurry.

Two of three bombs planted near Cairo University in 2014 were close to the Four Seasons Hotel and Giza Zoo. Three died in the resulting explosions. Gunmen on motorcycles killed four policemen in Giza late last year.

The latest advisory from the UK’s Foreign Office only says there is a significant risk of a terror attack Egypt. The advisory does not say that tourists or business travellers should not visit.

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