ISIS claims blast that wounded 4 near Egypt pyramids

2015-10-24 09:28
(Hani Mohammed, AP)

(Hani Mohammed, AP)

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Cairo - Four people were wounded on Friday by a bomb planted at a Cairo intersection near the Pyramids, the interior ministry said, and ISIS claimed it had planted the device.

Separately in Sinai, where the ISIS group is waging an insurgency, a roadside bombing killed a police officer and wounded three others in the town of El-Arish, the ministry said.

The Cairo bomb went off at the Rimaya intersection, close to several hotels and 1.5km from the Pyramids, it said.

It detonated when police used water cannon to try to defuse it, injuring two policemen and two hotel security guards.

One of the police was critically wounded, a security official said.

In its statement, circulated on social media sites, ISIS said it had set off the Cairo bomb to target "the apostate police force".

Militants in the Sinai Peninsula pledged allegiance last year to ISIS, which controls parts of Iraq and Syria.

The Islamist insurgency in the peninsula has swelled since the army's ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

Militants loyal to ISIS have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and policemen, mostly in North Sinai.

A government crackdown targeting Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement since 2013 has left hundreds dead and thousands jailed.

Hundreds more, including Morsi himself, have been sentenced to death, often in mass trials. Many have appealed and won retrials, while seven have so far been executed by hanging.

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