Cairo: A day after a roadside bomb near the Giza pyramids killed three Vietnamese tourists and their guide, Egyptian police has reportedly killed 40 ‘terrorists’ in separate raids. Issuing a statement, Egypt’s interior ministry said, “Two raids in the Giza governorate killed 30 “terrorists”, while the remaining 10 were killed in the restive North Sinai.”
The ministry further said that authorities acted after receiving information the suspects were preparing a series of attacks against state and tourist institutions and churches.
Earlier in the day, India had condemned the ‘cowardly’ terror attack on a tourist bus near Egypt’s world-famous Giza pyramids in which at least four people were killed and 10 others injured. The Ministry of External Affairs said India stands with the government and people of Egypt in their fight against terrorism.
“We condemn the cowardly terrorist attack on the tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids in Egypt on 28th December in which innocent lives were lost,” the MEA said in a statement.
“We convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wish speedy recovery for those injured. We stand with the Government and people of Egypt in their fight against terrorism,” it said. Notably, it was first terror attack targeting foreign tourists in Egypt in nearly a year.
(With inputs from agencies)