An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has claimed responsibility for an attack on a hotel near the Giza Pyramids the previous day that authorities said had left no casualties, according to a statement circulated Friday by sympathizers of the militant group.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry said no one was hurt in Thursday’s incident at the Three Pyramids Hotel, but the attack damaged the hotel’s facade and also a bus parked in front of the building. A group of about 15 attackers fired birdshot and flares at the hotel’s security post. A suspect was arrested and police were still searching for the rest of the group, the ministry said.
Arab Israeli tourists staying at the hotel said the attackers used flares and live bullets. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said no Israelis were hurt.
But a statement carried Friday by IS sympathizers on Twitter claimed there were dead and wounded among the tourists and security officers protecting the hotel.
It said the attackers “were able to target a tourist bus carrying Jews with light weapons” — an operation the IS affiliate claimed was in response to a call by the Islamic State group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “to target Jews everywhere.”