Tourists have been attacked by suspected gunmen in Cairo as they boarded a bus near the city's ancient pyramids. Two men riding a motorcycle opened fire on the group on Thursday morning outside a hotel, which lies on a road leading to the famous tourist site. One man was arrested at the scene and security forces surrounded the second suspected attacker in another part of Cairo, a source said.
There were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. The attack came as the Egypt tourist economy struggles to recover from unrest triggered by the Arab Spring and military coup in 2013.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has declared an all-out war on Islamist militants who have launched suicide bombings and shootings across the country. Egypt’s most active terrorist group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, pledged allegiance to Isis in 2014 and started calling itself Wilayat Sinai.
Its jihadists are mainly active in the Sinai Peninsula, where they claimed to have bombed a Russian passenger plane with 224 people on board in October, and have also claimed responsibility for attacks in Cairo, the western desert and Nile delta.
Previous attacks have mainly targeted Egyptian government officials and security forces but it also shot three South Korean tourists, kidnapped and killed a Croatian man, murdered a US oil worker and targeted the Karnak Temple tourist attraction in Luxor.
Wilayat Sinai are also believed to be behind several attacks in Cairo, including an explosion at the Italian Consulate in July, bombing at Heliopolis in June and attacks on shops and restaurants in February.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice warns of a “high threat from terrorism” in Egypt. “We believe that terrorists continue to plan attacks,” it says. “Attacks could be indiscriminate and occur without prior warning. Attacks targeting foreigners can’t be ruled out.”