According to Reuters, an IED (improvised explosive device) in or near a tourist bus transporting up to 30 South Korean tourists from St. Catherine's Monastery to nearby Israel detonated on Sunday (February 16), killing at least two South Koreans, an Egyptian driver and injuring at least nine South Koreans since an army takeover in the region generated a violent insurgency.
Al-Qaeda-inspired extremists based in the largely lawless Sinai Peninsula have stepped up attacks on security forces since army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
COMMENT: South Korea's Foreign Ministry confirmed that two of its nationals were killed and nine others wounded. It said 32 South Koreans were on the bus and that the tourists were Christians from the same church in South Korea.
In 2004, a bombing at the Sinai resort of Taba killed 34 people, including Israeli tourists.
State television showed a photograph of the bus, its windows smashed and the roof partially torn off. Black smoke billowed from the site of the explosion on a palm tree-lined boulevard.
A large number of governments have already banned their nationals from traveling in the Sinai. Seemingly, South Korean Christians apparently did not get the word