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Egypt's Nasr City bomb was targeting police: Interior ministry

Secondary bombs were primed to hit security forces arriving at explosion site in Cairo's Nasr City, says director of explosives department at the interior ministry

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Dec 2013
Police officers in front of bus
Police officers stand guard in front of a damaged bus after a bomb blast in Cairo's Nasr City district on Thursday (Photo:Reuters)
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A bomb that hit a bus in Cairo's Nasr City on Thursday was designed to target the security forces, the director of the interior ministry's explosives department has said.

"A bus exploded after passing the bomb resulting in the injury of five people. Two other bombs were designed to explode near the site when explosives experts and security forces arrived, but they were diffused," Mohamed Gamal told Al-Arabiya TV channel late on Thursday.

He urged citizens to report any suspicious objects to the authorities.

The explosion on Thursday took place on Mostafa Nahas Street in Nasr City, an affluent suburb of eastern Cairo. The street is close to an Al-Azhar University building, the headquarters of the National Security apparatus, and a police station.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.


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