Al Qaeda-linked terrorists bombed a tour bus in the Egyptian Sinai on Sunday, killing three Christian tourists from South Korea that the Muslim Brotherhood later insisted were “Zionists.”
Several hours after the bombing, the Muslim Brotherhood’s official Arabic-language Twitter feed carried an update on “the killing of 3 Zionists and injuring of 14 others in a bus explosion in Taba in Sinai,” as reported by The Times of Israel.
The attack occurred not far from the border crossing on the outskirts of the Israeli resort town of Eilat. The South Korean church group had been on a tour of Egypt, Israel and Turkey.
The victims and the rest of the 33 total passengers on the bus were members of Jincheon Jungang Presbyterian Church. A spokesman told reporters that congregants had saved money for years to celebrate the church’s 60th anniversary by visiting biblical sites in the Middle East.
South Korea’s government expressed outrage over the bombing, and vowed to increase anti-terror efforts in response.
With the attack occurring so close to its border, and the tourists having been en route to Israel anyway, the Jewish state dispatched a fleet of ambulances to the border, but they were denied entry by Egyptian authorities.
Meanwhile, Egyptian analysts feared the attack could mark a return to terrorists targeting foreign tourists in order to harm the regime in Cairo. Egypt relies on tourism just as heavily as Israel does, and even a small wave of terrorist attacks can have major economic repercussions.