Bomb blast kills six in Cairo, including 3 police officers

Egyptian Interior Ministry says bomb had been planted by Muslim Brotherhood militants and went off when security forces tried to raid building.

By REUTERS
January 21, 2016 21:11
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Police officers guard the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Giza. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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CAIRO - A bomb attack killed six people, including three policemen, on Thursday near a road leading to the pyramids in the Cairo suburb of Giza, security sources said.

The bomb exploded as the police arrived in their vehicles in front of a building where suspected militants were hiding, the sources said. Thirteen people were wounded.

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The Interior Ministry issued a statement saying the bomb had been planted by Muslim Brotherhood militants and went off when security forces tried to raid the building.

Islamist militants have stepped up attacks on Egyptian soldiers and police since the army toppled president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Civilians have also been killed. 

Earlier this month Islamic State claimed responsibility for an armed attack on Israeli tourists in Cairo, according to Amaq, a news agency that supports the group.

The attack, which security sources said targeted a bus meant to transport Israeli Arabs, caused no casualties. Egypt's Interior Ministry said it was directed at security forces.

Islamic State said its members carried out the shooting in response to a call by the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to target Jews "everywhere".


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