At least three South Korean Tourists and an Egyptian driver have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a tourist bus in the Sinai Peninsula. The attack also left a number of South Korean tourists hurt. The tourists were all members of the same Church Group from the Central South Korean district of Jincheon and were in the last leg of their 12 day trip which was to pass through Turkey, Egypt and Israel. The bus was about to cross over to Israel when the attack happened.
Earlier, security sources claimed that the bus was hit by a car bomb or roadside bomb. No group has taken responsibility for the attack. Egyptian security experts fear that militants are changing their tactics and are now targeting soft targets instead of security forces.
This is for the first time tourists have been targeted since the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by the military in July. The change of tactics by the militants will severely affect the Egyptian tourist industry which is already reeling under the effects of instability in the nation.
Police have come to the conclusion that a suicide bomber had boarded the tourist bus and detonated explosives near the door after reviewing the CCTV footage..
Interior ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif told AFP, “The preliminary investigation shows some tourists disembarked to get their bags. A man walked to the bus. There was an explosion when he reached the third step,”
It is believed that the Al Qaeda backed Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group which is based in Sinai Peninsula could be behind the suicide bombing.