Islamist group takes responsibility for bus bombing

An Islamist group linked to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the apparent suicide bombing of a tour bus on the Egypt-Israel border that left at least four dead.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis took responsibility for the Feb. 16 attack on Egyptian soil and promised others to disrupt the country’s economy, tourism and military, according to reports. Three South Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver were reported killed and at least 13 passengers were wounded in the attack on the Israel-bound bus traveling from the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Twitter that the explosion killed three “Zionists,” according to the Times of Israel. The 31 South Koreans on the tour bus were on a church trip to visit holy sites in Egypt, Israel and Turkey. — jta