‘Suicide bomber’ kills six in tourist hotspot terror

A BOMB attack has killed six people, including three police officers, and injured at least 15 others close to the Egyptian pyramids in Cairo.

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BLAST: At least three people have been killed in the explosion

The explosive device went off as policemen arrived in their vehicles in front of a building in the suburbs of Giza, security sources have said. The Interior Ministry has 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 Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

The blast apparently took place in al-Haram street, in the Giza district of the city close to the Pyramids. It is currently unclear what the cause of the explosion is but initial fears are of a possible terrorist attack. There were no immediate details on the identities of the dead but it is feared civilians have also been killed.

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EXPLOSION: The blast apparently took place in al-Haram street

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DEVASTATION: The scene in Cairo after the bomb blast

The neighbourhood of Al-Haram has witnessed several attacks and gunfights since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.1

The district also houses several hotels frequented by tourists visiting Cairo, given its proximity to the pyramids.

It is known to house many sympathisers of Morsi and used to be regular venue for clashes between his supporters and security forces.

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BUSTED: Police detain a man at the scene of the blast

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PYRAMIDS: The blast was close to the Pyramids, a popular tourist spot for Brits

Some local reports suggest a suicide bomber detonated an explosion during a security raid and experts say an ISIS cell is known to be active in the area.

The blast comes just days after two terrorists armed with a pellet gun and knives wounded three tourists at the Bella Vista hotel in Egypt’s Hurghada hotel.2

The explosion on Thursday came ahead of Monday’s anniversary of the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.3

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References

  1. ^ witnessed several attacks and gunfights since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. (www.dailystar.co.uk)
  2. ^ two terrorists armed with a pellet gun and knives wounded three tourists at the Bella Vista hotel in Egypt’s Hurghada hotel. (www.dailystar.co.uk)
  3. ^ the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (www.dailystar.co.uk)
  4. ^ Iraq Syria ISIS Jihadists most wanted pictures (www.dailystar.co.uk)

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