The attacker detonated the bomb near the ancient Temple of Karnak in Luxor, police say. Three men reportedly approached a barrier at the entrance to the popular temple. When confronted by police one of the attackers detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. A second man was shot dead and a third seriously wounded. Two civilians and two policemen were injured.
The Temple at Karnak is the second most visited tourist attraction in Egypt after the pyramids at Giza. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against travelling to many parts of Egypt – but Luxor is not one of them. The FCO writes on their website: “The area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel does not include the tourist areas along the Nile river (e.g. Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) or the Red Sea Resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.”
However they do warn that “attacks could be indiscriminate and occur without prior warning. Foreigners could be targeted in tourist resorts or other locations frequented by foreigners.” Last week two members of Egypt’s tourism and antiquities police force were shot dead near the pyramids at Giza.After today’s incident the country’s antiquities minister issued orders to increase security at tourist hotspots around Egypt.