Gunmen on a motorcycle have attacked a hotel in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as tourists were boarding a bus parked outside the building, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday, adding that no one was hurt. Thursday’s attack took place outside the Three Pyramids Hotel which is situated on a road leading to the famous Giza pyramids, the ministry said in a statement carried by Associated Press news agency.
A suspect was arrested, who was part of a group of about 15 people who threw flares at the hotel’s security post, the statement said. It added that the hotel’s facade and the bus were damaged in the attack. Police were still searching for the rest of the group, the statement said. It did not identify the arrested suspect.
“The first thing they fired was flares, and then they started firing at the bus. Later they started firing birdshot at the hotel and tried to throw Molotov cocktails at the bus,” said Jaber Jabarin, an Arab Israeli citizen who was staying at the hotel and witnessed the attack.
The motive for the attack was unclear and no one immediately claimed responsibility for it. In Jerusalem, Alon Lavi, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said the bus that was hit on Thursday was in use by a group of visiting Arab Israelis but that no one was inside the bus at the time of the incident and that no Israelis were hurt.