Bomb blast wounds 3 in central Cairo

AP News
Posted: Apr 15, 2014 8:16 AM
Bomb blast wounds 3 in central Cairo

CAIRO (AP) — A homemade bomb exploded near a traffic police post on a bridge over the Nile River in central Cairo early Tuesday, wounding two policemen and a civilian, security officials said.

Police sealed off the blast site on the al-Galaa bridge in the Dokki neighborhood, and a bomb disposal team combed the area to make sure there were no other explosive devices, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Egypt's MENA state news agency said two policemen were wounded in the explosion, but made no mention of a civilian casualty. Such discrepancies are common in the aftermath of similar attacks.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

Islamic militants have carried out a series of bombings — with both crude devices and more sophisticated ones — in recent months targeting Egypt's security forces.

Militant groups that have claimed responsibility for some of the past attacks oppose the army's toppling last year of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as well as the military-backed government that has taken his place.

Since Morsi's removal last July, the Egyptian capital has witnessed increasing violence and attacks — including a car bombing that struck Cairo's main security headquarters and a failed assassination attempt on the interior minister. There has been a lull, however, in high profile attacks, although small ones like Tuesday's appear to be growing more frequent.

Though small, the bombing on the traffic booth underlined the ability of suspected militants to carry out attacks in the heart of the heavily policed capital, a metropolis of some 18 million people.