Two bombs found on Cairo metro 'fake'

September 19, 2013 13:57

Public transit halted as experts tried to diffuse fake bombs; had been found 100 metres from Helmeyet el-Zaytoun station.

Riot police in Cairo

Riot police in Cairo Egypt 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

Two suspected bombs allegedly planted on the tracks of the Cairo metro and briefly halted the public transit on Thursday turned out to be a hoax, AFP reported.

The devices "made to look like bombs contained no explosives," an official told AFP, adding that "they were fake."

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Earlier on Thursday, Egyptian authorities grounded transit lines in the capital after the devices were found on the tracks in a Cairo station, security officials told AFP.

Bomb experts were reportedly dispatched to the scene.

Explosives experts attempted to defuse the bombs, the state news agency reported, causing a partial closure of the network.

The bombs had been found 100 metres (yards) from Helmeyet el-Zaytoun station in northeast Cairo.

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