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Roadside explosion in Cairo kills Egyptian policeman

Sunday 18/June/2017 - 11:34 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited By: Nada Moustafa
An Egyptian policeman was killed and four wounded by a roadside explosive near the Cairo suburb of Maadi، Monday، the Interior Ministry said in a statement، Reuters reported.

"At around 12:45 a.m. on June 18 as a vehicle belonging to the Central Security Forces transported a group of officers and conscripts an improvised explosive device planted on the roadside went off،" the ministry said.

"This led to the martyrdom of First Lieutenant Ali Abdelkhaliq and the injury of four others، an officer and three conscripts، who have been taken to hospital for treatment."

The bomb was detonated remotely، and an initial examination suggested it was detonated using a mobile phone SIM card، a senior Interior Ministry official told state news agency MENA.

A joint task force made up of several police units is questioning tenants of flats overlooking the site of the attack to try to identify and arrest the culprits، the official said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility by any group.

Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic State group in the restive Sinai Peninsula، where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013.

The group has also increasingly carried out attacks in the mainland on security forces and Coptic Christian civilians in recent months، killing around 100 Copts since December.


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