Terrorists Open Fire on Tourist Bus in Cairo, No Casualties

CAIRO (Reuters/AP) -
Police and hotel employees are seen at the scene where gunmen attacked a tourist bus in front of a hotel in Giza, Greater Cairo, Egypt, January 7, 2016. Gunmen opened fire on Israeli tourists as they boarded a bus in Cairo on Thursday but there were no casualties, security sources said. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Police and hotel employees are seen at the scene where gunmen attacked a tourist bus in front of a hotel in Giza, Greater Cairo, Egypt, Thursday. (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih)

Terrorists on a motorcycle opened fire on Israeli Arab tourists as they boarded a bus in Cairo on Thursday.

An Egyptian security official says there were no casualties in the incident at the Three Pyramids Hotel. The terrorists opened fire at the hotel, close to the Giza pyramids, causing some damage to the hotel’s facade.

One terrorist was arrested at the scene and security forces surrounded the other attacker in another part of Cairo, said security sources.

Tourism is a pillar of the Egyptian economy, which has been struggling to recover from political turmoil triggered by the 2011 uprising that toppled Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt’s current president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has declared an all-out war on Islamist terrorists, who hope to destabilize Egypt through suicide bombings and shooting attacks.

Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate has said it planted a bomb on a Russian passenger plane that crashed in the Sinai on Oct. 31, killing all 224 people onboard.