Suicide Bomber Strikes Iconic Egyptian Temple

Luxor, a key tourist spot featuring ancient statues and tombs, comes under attack - two of three suicide bombers foiled.

Ari Yashar ,

Luxor Temple, Egypt
Luxor Temple, Egypt

The ancient iconic Egyptian temple of Karnak in Luxor, a southern city and key tourist destination, was struck by a suicide bomber on Wednesday according to security officials.

A senior interior ministry source told the state-run MENA that no one was wounded in the attack, but revealed two other suicide attacks at the same temple were foiled by police, reports the Associated Press.

The attack on the famous temple that overlooks the Nile from the east was the first since November 1997, when Islamist terrorists shot at tourists at the city's 3,400-year-old Hatshepsut Temple, murdering 58 people.

Luxor is dependent on tourism, and is home to notable tombs such as that of King Tutankhamun. Since the 2011 "Arab Spring" and the unrest caused by it, the city has seen a spiral in its economic fortunes.

In fact, the most recent attack comes just at a time when Luxor had started to witness some economic recovery, and it is feared the resurgent violence may dash the hopes of locals wishing for stability.

No terrorist organization immediately took responsibility for the latest attack.

It comes at quite a distance from the Sinai Peninsula, where Salafist groups have been running riot and attacking Egyptian security forces for many long months.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis in Sinai pledged allegiance to the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) last year, and notably ISIS has been destroying famous archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq which they considered to be pagan.