Two explosive devices defused at Cairo Airport Tuesday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Feb 2015

Airport security says those who planted the bombs are being tracked down

A view of Cairo Airport (Photo: Courtesy of Cairo Airport website)

Explosives experts defused two bombs at Cairo Airport on Tuesday, airport security director Alaa Ali said.

"The first bomb was a primitive bomb while the second was a fake one," Ali told Ahram Online, stressing that both bombs were defused and no one was injured.

One of the explosives was planted under tourism cars in the parking lot adjacent to terminal 1 of the airport on the eastern outskirts of Cairo and another outside Hall 3 of the terminal.

Meanwhile, eye witnesses said that security is tight at all entrances to Cairo International airport after the two bombs were found.

The incident marks the first time bombs have been found at Cairo International Airport during a period in which explosions and the discovery of bombs have become commonplace. Most incidents have occurred in the restive Sinai governorate, though there have been a number of explosions and reports of bombs in other governorates, including greater Cairo.

Also on Tuesday morning, a bomb went off in downtown Cairo, causing no injuries.

Ali said roads to and from the airport are operating normally and airport security are investigating the incident in efforts to identify the perpetrators, adding that a small explosion heard was due to a water canon used in the dismantling process.

Tens of bombs were dismantled across Egypt during the past month, and several went off. An insurgency against Egyptian security forces mainly in Sinai spiked after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, but bombs have also been found in and near civilian facilities.

However, victims of militant bombings and shootings have been largely confined to the security forces.

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