Egyptian police have killed dozens of militants during security raids on their hideouts, the interior ministry has confirmed.
According to the ministry statement, the raids killed “40 terrorists” in Giza and North Sinai on Saturday morning.
It said the militants were planning a series of attacks on tourist sites, churches and military personnel.
The raids followed Friday’s roadside bomb attack on a tour bus in Giza.
Meanwhile, No group has yet said it was behind the blast, which killed three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide, but Islamist militants have targeted tourists in Egypt in the past.
Police killed 30 militants during two early morning raids in Giza, while the remaining 10 were killed in El-Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, the interior ministry said.
“A group of terrorists were planning to carry out a series of aggressive attacks targeting state institutions, particularly economic ones, as well as tourism… and Christian places of worship,” the ministry statement said.
It added that police had seized bomb-making materials, ammunition and a large number of weapons during the raids.
The country’s police is currently in heightened alert due to the incident.