Bomb attack on Egyptian security forces thwarted


yptiEgyptian authorities thwarted an attempt to target security forces with a home-made bomb in Cairo’s western Giza district, the interior ministry said.

It said members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood targeted a security patrol and explosives experts dismantled the device. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Two local security sources told Reuters a device exploded during an attempt to defuse it. Videos circulating on social media showed a blast in a cordoned-off area under a large concrete bridge.

The sources said two policemen and three civilians suffered minor injuries and two other devices were defused nearby.

Security forces have been waging a campaign against Islamist militants over the past year focussed on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Attacks in the capital are relatively rare, though a roadside bomb in Giza killed three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide in December.