Thursday, August 20, 2015

Car bomb near state security building in northern Cairo injures 29 people

A car bomb explosion in front of a state security building in Qaliubiya's Shubra El-Kheima district early on Thursday injured at least 29 people, the interior ministry announced. Among them were six policemen and seven conscripts.Shubra El-Kheima, north of Cairo, is considered part of Greater Cairo. Residents from around Cairo said the blast was very loud.
"A car exploded after the driver suddenly stopped in front of the state security building, exited the vehicle, and fled on a motorbike that was following the car," the interior ministry said in a statement.
The explosion caused severe damage to the four-storey building and tore down part of its perimeter wall. The blast blew facades off of nearby buildings and shattered the windshields of vehicles parked outside.Egypt has been rocked by a series of bomb attacks primarily targeting policemen and security installations since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
According to media reports, Thursday's attack was claimed by Ansar Beit el Maqdis group,  an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt that has been spearheading a mounting two-year militant campaign.In July, the group claimed a car bombing that targeted the Italian consulate in central Cairo and killed a civilian, the first such attack on a foreign mission since the insurgency swelled.The group also claimed a similar massive car bombing in January 2014 that struck the Cairo Security Directorate, killing four people and causing serious damage to the building.

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