Cairo car bomb injures six policemen

2015-08-20 09:19

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Cairo (dpa) - Cairo was rocked on Thursday morning by a massive car bomb that hit a security building in the northern suburb of Shubra al-Kheima injuring six policemen, according to the Interior Ministry.

The bomber parked his car outside the National Security building's security cordon before fleeing on a motorcycle that had been following him, the ministry said.

The blast was heard across Cairo. State television broadcast footage of the building's severely damaged facade and showed officials examining debris.

The interior ministry said the area was being searched and intensive efforts were under way to capture the perpetrators.

Egyptian security forces have been repeatedly targeted by Islamist militants. Attacks spread from the turbulent Sinai Peninsula to Cairo after the army deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in mid-2013.

Deadly bomb attacks on security headquarters in Cairo and the northern city of al-Mansoura in January 2014 and December 2013 were claimed by a jihadist group which has since pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist militia and now calls itself Sinai Province.

Sinai Province last week claimed to have beheaded kidnapped Croatian engineer Tomislav Salopek, in what would be the first such abduction and killing of a foreign national in Egypt.

Smaller attacks on security forces have been claimed by a number of other groups. Analysts say some of those groups may be linked to disaffected youth from Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

The government regularly accuses the Brotherhood of being linked to all acts of terrorism in Egypt. The Islamist organisation says it is committed to peaceful protest.

National Security, the country's feared secret police, has played a key role in a crackdown that has seen thousands of Brotherhood activists rounded up. Hundreds more have been killed in clashes with police, including at protests.

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday signed into effect a new anti-terrorism law providing for harsh penalties, new powers of arrest, and restrictions on reporting terrorist incidents.

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