After Bus Bombing, Egypt Says It Killed 12 Militants Suspected of Ties to Muslim Brotherhood

The militants were killed hours after a roadside bomb struck a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids and wounded at least 17 people

A damaged bus is seen at the site of a blast near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Cairo, Egypt May 19, 2019.
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Egypt says security forces killed 12 members of a militant group with suspected links to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in shootouts in Cairo, just hours after a roadside bomb struck a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17.

The Interior Ministry says seven of the militants were killed in a firefight when police raided their hideout in the Sixth of October suburb. The remaining five were shot and killed after opening fire on police storming their residences in Cairo's Shorouk suburb.

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The ministry says explosive devices, weapons and ammunition were found in the militants' possession. It says the militants belonged to "Hasm," an armed faction of the Brotherhood.

Sunday's roadside bomb wounded at least 17 people including South African tourists.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.