IS claims auto bombing of Cairo police building

The intensity of the explosion which happened early on Thursday caused the destruction of the frontage of the security center and the frontage of shops and other neighboring buildings. Six policemen were among those wounded in the explosion but officials said none of the injuries were life-threatening.


The interior ministry said in a statement that the bomber escaped on a motorcycle just before the explosion took place.

Ambulances and fire trucks rushed to the scene, which was flooded with water from pipes broken by what authorities said were high explosives.

Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate said it was behind a vehicle bombing that wounded 30 people, including 8 policemen, near a state security building and courthouse in a Cairo suburb on Thursday.

The Sinai affiliate of Daesh published a statement on Twitter, claiming the bombing was a reprisal for the execution of six of its members accused of commiting an attack in Cairo previous year.

The main jihadist group in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula pledged allegiance to IS, which has seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq, last November.

The blast shattered all the windows of a four-storey building, destroyed a surrounding wall, with damage to structures in the neighborhood nearby.

Inside his ruined clinic next door to the security building, plastic surgeon Gawad Mahmoud lamented Egypt’s troubles since the military ousted Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, amid massive protests against his divisive yearlong rule.

The group is based in the Sinai, where it has carried out multiple attacks on police and military.

Last month IS also claimed responsibility for a auto bomb attack on the Italian embassy in Cairo that killed one civilian.

The lads have been sentenced by a army courtroom in proceedings closely criticized by human rights organizations, a few of whom identified that three of the defendants have been already in detention once they allegedly carried out assaults.

The government of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi vowed to eradicate insurgency after the assassination of Hisham Barakat, the country’s top prosecutor, in June.

Egyptian insurgents have frequently targeted such security installations in their years-long campaign against the government.


Though criticised by rights activists, supporters of Egyptian president have backed the crackdown on political opponents.

Massive blast targets security forces near Cairo