Update: At least 29 people wounded including 7 policemen in Cairo bomb blast on Thursday morning, state television.
No casualties have been reported in the attack that targeted a state security building and courthouse in northern Shubra district of the city. The blast was heard in several parts of the Egyptian capital just before 2 am local time.
“A man suddenly stopped his car in front of the state security building, jumped out of it and fled on a motorbike that followed the car,” an official stated. “The vehicle exploded wounding several policemen,” he added.
Local residents said glass from blown-out windows was scattered across several streets nearby. The forensic experts investigated the blast site in Shubra Al-Khaima and they discovered a burned-out vehicle. The explosion made a wide crater near the four-storey building and destroyed a major part of the front portion of a surrounding wall.
No organization has yet claimed to have carried out Thursday’s attack in the capital. The latest tragedy comes just days after President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi approved new counter-terrorism laws designed to fight the uprising jihadist insurgency.
Cairo has witnessed several bomb attacks by the Islamist militants this year. Militants based in northern Sinai have been behind many of the recent terror attacks on security forces. The Sinai militias support the Islamic State group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria and have strong presence in neighboring Libya.
Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since the army ousted the Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against the regime. Since then members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been sentenced to death in mass trials. Egyptian authorities have assured to eradicate militancy that is a threat to the Arab world and the West. IMAGE/Reuters