A policeman rides a camel while guarding the site of the pyramids plateau, Egypt, June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Tourist sites on alert as militants go for Egypt’s economic lifeline

After a violent campaign directed at security forces, Egyptian militants appear to be zooming in on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s most vulnerable point: the economy.

Attacks on two prime tourist sites in the space of eight days are deeply worrying for a government which has staked much of its credibility on reviving the economy after years of political turmoil.

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Wednesday near the ancient Karnak temple in Luxor, wounding four Egyptians. A week earlier, two police officers were killed in an attack near the Giza Pyramids, hundreds of miles to the north…

  • Waffle

    Trigger warning — heavy nostalgia:


  • Alain

    For the life of me I cannot understand why any sane person would even consider visiting any Muslim country in today’s world. Perhaps the adjective ‘sane’ explains it. I know it sounds harsh, but I cannot muster up any sympathy for those who go to these places as tourists or whatever.

    • Martin B

      As bad as things are in Muslim countries like Egypt, they can and will get much worse (think Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Islamic State…). My guess is that some reckless tourists who always wanted to see the Pyramids & the Sphinx figured this might be the last chance before they’re blown up.