Egyptian Tourism Officers Killed in Attack Near Giza Pyramids
Photo by David Cogswell
Tourism in Egypt is one of the largest industries for the country, but it took a blow on Wednesday when gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed two members of the nation’s tourism and antiquities police force.
According to Reuters, multiple gunmen attacked the two police officers about 30 meters (32.8 yards) from a security checkpoint on a road that leads to the Giza pyramids on the western outskirts of Cairo.
Security officials claim this was a rare attack near a tourist site, but it wasn’t the only violent attack in Egypt on Wednesday. A soldier was also murdered at a security checkpoint in Sheikh Zuweid, a town on the country’s border with the Gaza Strip and Israel.
The report from Reuters claims no group has claimed responsibility for the murders.
This latest attack is bad news for a country that is continuing to rebound from a long period of low tourism activity. TravelPulse’s David Cogswell visited Egypt in February and claimed that the tourism industry was improving as opposed to his visit one year prior.
Cogswell’s 2013 journey to the nation spotlighted a predominantly abandoned but slowly rebounding tourism industry. While the influx of foreign visitors is still not what it used to be, travelers are starting to make their way back to Egypt. As Cogswell noted, the return of tourists is helping to improve the economy, but it has been a slow process.
While an attack on the Egyptian tourism and antiquities police force is a tragic event, the country is still relatively safe for tourists and hosts some of the greatest historical landmarks in the world.
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