Egygtian armed group claims Cairo bomb attack

Friday 9 December 2016

Hasm movement said it carried out a bomb attack near a security checkpoint in Cairo, killing six police officers.

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A recently emerged armed group claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in Cairo that killed six policemen.

The Hasm movement, which has said it was responsible for several attacks in Egypt in recent months, made the announcement in an internet posting on Friday. Three other officers were wounded.

The Hasm movement said it targeted a police checkpoint in Haram Street, close to the famous Giza Pyramids with an explosive device.

“The explosion was very loud. We thought it was an earthquake. The glass of windows near the area broke because of the severity of the blast,” a witness told state TV.

Conflicting reports surrounded the attack.

A statement on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Interior Ministry confirmed a crude explosive device went off near the checkpoint. But state TV reported the blast was caused by a car bomb.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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