A popular tourist attraction in the Middle East and Africa has been cancelled after two of its employees were killed in a bomb attack.
The Luxor Palace of Luxor, in Luxor city in Egypt, reopened after the death of its director of security on Monday night.
According to Egyptian state news agency MENA, the attack on a police officer and his driver was carried out by an “extremist group”, though it is not clear if it was linked to a rival Islamist group.
The attack also came after Egyptian authorities said they were closing all tourist-related facilities in the country, including the Luxor Hotel.
“Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Kamel El-Bashir announced the closure of all tourist centres in the national capital and the surrounding area,” MENA reported.
“The decision was made after the two security officers were martyred while they were carrying out their duty.”
A spokesperson for Luxor told The Associated Press that the hotel was not affected by the attack.
“It was a tragic event and we are working closely with the authorities,” said the spokesperson, who did not provide further details.
Egyptian security forces and security personnel have been on high alert since November when gunmen killed two security personnel at the Luxour Hotel.
Egyptians have been reporting heightened security across the country after an explosion at a mosque in Luxour on Sunday killed at least 20 people, including children.