Egypt: Suicide bomber caused deadly tourist bus blast

An Egyptian policeman stands guard in front of a damaged bus after a deadly explosion Sunday near the Egyptian border crossing with Israel in Taba, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. An explosion tore through a bus filled with South Korean sightseers in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, killing at least four people and raising fears that Islamic militants have renewed a bloody campaign to wreck Egypt’s tourism industry. (AP Photo)
  • The South Korean tourists were en route to holy sites.
  • Three South Koreans and one Egyptian died in the explosion.
  • The bus had stopped near Egypt%27s border with Israel.
  • CAIRO — Egyptian security officials say a suicide bomber was behind the deadly blast that tore through a tourist bus carrying South Korean Christians en route to visit biblical sites.

    The bomber boarded the bus while it waited near the Egypt-Israel border crossing at Taba in the Sinai Peninsula, the officials said. The Egyptian driver and the South Korean guide had disembarked but were close to the bus when Sunday’s blast took place, according to the officials.

    The Egyptian officials spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

    The bombing killed three South Koreans and an Egyptian driver, South Korean officials said. The tourists were Korean Christians who had saved for years to visit the holy sites on their church’s 60th anniversary.

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