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Bomb blast injure 4 in Egypt

The security guards found the bomb in front of the Meridien Hotel during their morning routine checks.

FILE: An Egyptian policeman stands guard at the site of a powerful bomb explosion, that ripped through the Italian consulate, killing one person, in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on 11 July, 2015. Picture: AFP.

CAIRO - A bomb has exploded outside a tourist hotel near Cairo's pyramids. It's the first terrorist attack on an Egyptian hotel since the start of the country's recent unrest.

The Islamic State is being blamed for the blast at Giza, across the Nile from the capital, which is one of the 14 governorates currently engaged in parliamentary elections.

Reports say two hotel security guards and two police were injured by a bomb which exploded outside one of the main luxury tourist hotels on Friday.

It exploded during a bungled attempt to defuse it.

The security guards found the bomb in front of the Meridien Hotel during their morning routine checks.

No tourists were hurt, but the incident will further raise fears for a tourism industry hit by instability since the Arab Spring uprising in 2011.

It is not clear whether Islamic State is targeting the parliamentary elections underway or the tourists who have begun returning to Egypt following the election of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in May last year.

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