Crowds of tourists stared in awe at the towering pyramids of Giza near Cairo Saturday undaunted by a nearby bomb attack a day earlier that killed holidaymakers from Vietnam.
A roadside bombing claimed the lives of three tourists and their Egyptian guide Friday when it ripped through the bus they were on as it travelled near the world-famous attraction.
The attack comes as Egypt’s vital tourism sector has begun to recover after years of instability and jihadist violence that scared visitors away.
“I think terrorism can strike anywhere in the world,” Somand Yang from South Korea said.
“You have to be careful but it is also like luck.”
Security forces guarded the entrance to the sprawling site and Yang, 32, said she had no qualms about visiting.
“Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. So I figured it will be even safer today,” she said.
Excited holidaymakers rode camels and queued to enter a tomb as they snapped pictures of the Great Pyramid, the only surviving structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Hawkers followed the tourists, doggedly trying to sell trinkets and souvenirs.
Despite the steady flow of visitors, Egyptians working at the site said they were shaken by the attack — and concerned that it could hit their livelihoods.
“I knew the guide who died yesterday,” said Dalia Sadaka, as she accompanied a group of sightseers.
“I completely broke down yesterday, but I had to get to work in the morning,” she said, pointing to her visibly swollen eyes.