Updated: 02/18/2014 14:56 | By Agence France-Presse

Jihadist group claims bombing of tourist bus in Egypt

Jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis on Tuesday  claimed the suicide bombing in Egypt of a tour bus that killed three South Koreans and their local driver.

Jihadist group claims bombing of tourist bus in Egypt

An Egyptian policeman stands guard next to the wreckage of a bus that was targeted the day before by a bomb in the Egyptian south Sinai resort town of Taba on February 17, 2014 - by Nameer Galal

"One of the heroes of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis carried out the attack on a tourist bus heading towards the Zionist entity (Israel)," said a statement attributed to the group and posted on jihadist forums.

The bombing on Sunday, near the Taba border crossing with Israel, was the first targeting tourists since the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July sparked a militant campaign that has killed scores of police and soldiers.

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