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Egypt: Suicide bomber behind deadly blast on bus carrying South Korean tourists

  • An Egyptian policeman stands guard in front of a damaged bus after a deadly explosion Sunday near the Egyptian border crossing with Israel in Taba, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. An explosion tore through a bus filled with South Korean sightseers in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, killing at least four people and raising fears that Islamic militants have renewed a bloody campaign to wreck Egypt’s tourism industry. (AP Photo)

    An Egyptian policeman stands guard in front of a damaged bus after a deadly explosion Sunday near the Egyptian border crossing with Israel in Taba, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. An explosion tore through a bus filled with South Korean sightseers in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, killing at least four people and raising fears that Islamic militants have renewed a bloody campaign to wreck Egypt’s tourism industry. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members from Jincheon Jungang Presbyterian Church attend a service at their church in Jincheon, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. A bombing that killed three South Koreans and an Egyptian driver on the Sinai Peninsula targeted a bus filled with Korean members from the church who had saved for years to visit sites mentioned in the Bible on their church’s 60th anniversary, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Kim Hyung-woo) KOREA OUT

    Members from Jincheon Jungang Presbyterian Church attend a service at their church in Jincheon, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. A bombing that killed three South Koreans and an Egyptian driver on the Sinai Peninsula targeted a bus filled with Korean members from the church who had saved for years to visit sites mentioned in the Bible on their church’s 60th anniversary, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Kim Hyung-woo) KOREA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the office of the South Sinai governor, Egyptian Minister of Tourism Hesham Zazou, right, Deputy Chief of Mission of the South Korean Embassy in Egypt, Mr. Kwon Sae Young, second right, and South Sinai governor Major General Khaled Foda, visit a South Korean tourist who was injured during an explosion that targeted a tourist bus, as he received medical treatment in Sharm El-Sheik hospital, in Egypt, late Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. An explosion ripped through a tourist bus near a border crossing between Egypt and Israel in the Sinai Peninsula, killing several South Koreans and the Egyptian driver, security officials said. (AP Photo/Office of the South Sinai governor)

    In this photo released by the office of the South Sinai governor, Egyptian Minister of Tourism Hesham Zazou, right, Deputy Chief of Mission of the South Korean Embassy in Egypt, Mr. Kwon Sae Young, second right, and South Sinai governor Major General Khaled Foda, visit a South Korean tourist who was injured during an explosion that targeted a tourist bus, as he received medical treatment in Sharm El-Sheik hospital, in Egypt, late Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. An explosion ripped through a tourist bus near a border crossing between Egypt and Israel in the Sinai Peninsula, killing several South Koreans and the Egyptian driver, security officials said. (AP Photo/Office of the South Sinai governor)  (The Associated Press)

Egyptian security officials say a suicide bomber was behind the deadly blast that tore through a bus carrying South Korean tourists.

They say the bomber boarded the bus while it waited near the Egypt-Israel border crossing at Taba in the Sinai Peninsula. The Egyptian driver and the South Korean guide had disembarked but were close to the bus when Sunday's blast took place, according to the officials.

The Egyptian officials spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because they were not authorized to speak to the media

South Korean officials say the bombing killed three South Koreans and an Egyptian driver. The tourists were Korean Christians who had saved for years to visit Biblical sites on their church's 60th anniversary.