An explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people on Sunday, mostly South African tourists, near a new museum close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt, two security sources said.
A third security source said the bus was carrying 25 South African tourists from the airport to the pyramids area and four Egyptians in a nearby car were also injured by broken glass.
Security and judicial sources said a rudimentary device containing nails and metal pieces was detonated remotely on the perimeter of the Grand Egyptian Museum, not far from a roadside blast that hit another tourist bus in December.
Pictures posted on social media showed a bus with windows blown out or shattered and debris in the road next to a low wall with a hole in it.
One witness told Reuters he heard a “very loud explosion” while sitting in traffic.
South Africa’s foreign ministry said three citizens would remain in hospital in Egypt for treatment and the rest would return home.
The museum is due to open next year as a new home for some of the country’s top antiquities on a site adjoining the world-famous Giza pyramids. It is part of an effort to boost tourism, a key source of foreign revenue for Egypt.
The sector has been recovering after tourist numbers dropped in the wake of a 2011 uprising and the 2015 bombing of a Russian passenger jet.
There was no damage to the museum from the blast, which happened 50 metres from its outer fence and 400 metres from the museum building, the Antiquities Ministry said in a statement.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Egyptian security forces are waging a counter insurgency campaign against Islamist militants, some with links to Islamic State, focussed in the north of the Sinai Peninsula.
Attacks outside Sinai are relatively rare, though there have been security incidents in recent months in Giza, across the Nile from central Cairo.
In December, three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured when a roadside bomb hit their tour bus less than 4km from the Giza pyramids.