A tour bus and a car that were damaged by a bomb blast targeting tourists near the Giza Pyramids in Egypt on Sunday. Photo: AFP

A roadside bomb targeting a tourist bus near Egypt’s iconic Giza pyramids wounded at least 17 people, including South Africans, on Sunday, according to officials.

The device, which detonated as the bus was traveling through Giza, also injured Egyptians in a nearby car, medical and security sources said.

There were no deaths reported.

“A device exploded and smashed the windows of a bus carrying 25 people from South Africa and a private car carrying four Egyptians,” the security source said.

Video footage captured by AFP showed the bus and car with broken windows on the side of the road.

According to the security source, the wounded were being treated for scratches caused by the broken glass.

Sunday’s incident comes after three Vietnamese tourists and their Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit their bus as it traveled near the Giza pyramids outside Cairo in December.

It also comes just little more than a month before the African Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt is to be held.

Egypt has been fighting an insurgency that has surged, especially in the turbulent North Sinai region, following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was replaced by former army general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

In February 2018, the army launched a nationwide operation against militants, focusing mainly on the North Sinai region.

Some 650 militants and around 45 soldiers have been killed since the start of the offensive, according to separate statements by the armed forces.

– with reporting by AFP

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