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Darb Al-Ahmar suicide bomber was planning further attacks: Egypt's interior ministry

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Feb 2019
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Policemen and residents surround the site of an explosion in the Gamaliya district, near Cairo's famed Khan el-Khalili tourist marketplace in Cairo, Egypt, late Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's interior ministry said on Tuesday that the suicide bomber who blew himself up behind Al-Azhar Mosque on Monday had been planning further attacks.

Upon searching the 37-year-old man's apartment in Cairo's Darb Al-Ahmar, police found a number of explosive devices and raw materials used in making explosives.

Police also found a time bomb in the apartment, prompting an evacuation of the building.

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Explosive materials found in a hideout at Cairo's Downtown Darb Al-Ahmar area (Photo: Courtesy of Egypt's interior ministry)

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Explosive materials found in a hideout at Cairo's Downtown Darb Al-Ahmar area (Photo: Courtesy of Egypt's interior ministry)

The suicide bomber blew himself up on Monday in Darb Al-Ahmar as police were attempting to arrest him, killing three policemen and injuring others.

The man, identified as El-Hassan Abdullah, was wanted in connection to a bombing last Friday in Giza and police were monitoring his movements, according to the ministry.

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Explosive materials found in a hideout at Cairo's Downtown Darb Al-Ahmar area (Photo: Courtesy of Egypt's interior ministry)

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Explosive materials found in a hideout at Cairo's Downtown Darb Al-Ahmar area (Photo: Courtesy of Egypt's interior ministry)

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