Suicide attack outside Karnak temple in Egypt's Luxor

Police in Egypt say they have foiled an attempted suicide bomb attack at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, one of the country’s most popular tourist sites.

Three men reportedly approached a barrier at the entrance to the temple complex on Wednesday morning.

When confronted by police, one of them began running and an explosive belt he was wearing blew up. Officers shot dead another man and arrested the third.

Four people were injured, including several civilians but no tourists.

The number of foreign tourists visiting Egypt has been increasing over the past 18 months, after slumps following the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and the overthrow by the military of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but jihadist militants have killed hundreds of security forces and government personnel since Mr Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was ousted.

After Wednesday’s incident, Egypt’s antiquities minister issued orders to increase security at tourist sites across the country, the official Mena news agency reported.

Last week, two members of Egypt’s tourism and antiquities police force were shot dead on a road near the pyramids at Giza.

In 1997, jihadist militants killed more than 60 people after attacking a group of foreign tourists visiting the Temple of Hatshepsut, across the River Nile from the city of Luxor near the Valley of the Kings.

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