CAIRO — In an unusual daytime attack near Egypt’s most visible tourist attraction, gunmen shot and killed two police officers on Wednesday, a few hundred yards from the pyramids of Giza, security officials said.
Tourism is a vital source of foreign currency for the government, and a pillar of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s plan to revive Egypt’s battered economy.
The years of political upheaval that followed the 2011 uprising against President Hosni Mubarak have sent tourism revenues plummeting to record lows, but the government has recently said that the industry was rebounding.
The gunmen, on a motorcycle, fired at the officers at a security checkpoint on the road leading to the pyramids, according to Gen. Mohammed Farouk, the head of the Giza investigations department. The victims included a senior officer, and a third officer was wounded, he said.
Militant attacks targeting members of the state’s security forces have become frequent in Egypt over the last two years, a consequence of the violent turmoil that followed the military ouster of the Islamist government in 2013.
But Wednesday’s shooting appeared to be the first so close to one of Egypt’s heavily guarded tourism sites.