Egypt Security Forces Kill 40 Suspected Terrorists After Tourist Bus Bombed

December 29, 2018 Updated: December 29, 2018

CAIRO—Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected terrorists in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza, the ministry of interior said on Dec. 29, a day after a deadly bombing on a Vietnamese tourist bus in Giza killed four people.

The ministry did not say whether the suspected terrorists were connected to Friday’s attack, but said its forces killed 30 people during raids on their hideouts in Giza where it said “terrorist elements” were planning a series of attacks targeting state institutions and the tourism industry.

Security forces also killed 10 suspected terrorists in North Sinai, where the country is fighting an insurgency led by the ISIS terrorist group.

State news agency MENA said that the suspects were killed in a gun battle.

Riot police secure a scene
Riot police secure a scene of a bus blast in Giza, Egypt, on Dec. 28, 2018. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

The ministry did not give any details about the suspects’ identity or whether there had been any casualties or injuries among the security forces. The statement said the three raids took place simultaneously.

The ministry published photos of bloodied bodies with their faces concealed and assault rifles and shotguns lying on the floor beside them.

Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus on Friday less than 4 km (2.5 miles) from Egypt’s world-famous Giza pyramids.

Egypt’s military and police launched a major campaign against terrorist groups in February, targeting the Sinai Peninsula as well as southern areas and the border with Libya.

The government says fighting ISIS is a priority as it works to restore stability after the years of turmoil that followed the “Arab Spring” protests of 2011.

By Ahmed Tolba and Haitham Ahmed