Suicide bomber attacks temple in Egypt's Luxor

Suicide bomber targets Karnak temple in in ancient Egyptian city of Luxor

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A suicide bomber targeted one of the largest ancient temples in the Egyptian southern city of Luxor.

Egyptian security forces killed two gunmen on the spot while three Egyptian civilians and one police officer were wounded during the attack around the temple. No tourists were harmed.

Luxor is one of Egypt’s biggest tourist attractions and has not witnessed any attack since 1997 when an armed group killed 58 of tourists in the Hatshepsut temple.

Egypt struggled with armed insurgencies during the 1990s under the administration of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The country continues to suffer from an armed insurgency mainly in the Sinai peninsula.

Egyptian security forces intensified their presence around Luxor and all other touristic locations following the attack.

No group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack.

TRTWorld and agencies