CAIRO: Not less than two folks have been killed and three wounded in an explosion behind the famed Al-Azhar Mosque when a suicide bomber allegedly blew himself up the capital metropolis, Egypt’s ministry of inside confirmed.
Each the deceased have been law enforcement officials, the ministry famous, including the suspect was additionally killed within the blast. Among the many wounded was a Thai pupil who suffered gentle accidents, safety sources mentioned.
The inside ministry’s assertion corroborated the social media reviews, saying the suspect, who was believed to have planted an explosive gadget final week close to a mosque, was being pursued over an tried assault final Friday towards a police patrol.
After catching the suspect within the historic Islamic district near the Al Azhar mosque, “one of many explosive gadgets in his possession exploded, inflicting the demise of the terrorist and the martyrdom of a police officer from nationwide safety and an officer from Cairo investigations (division)”, the assertion mentioned.
State tv broadcast a black-and-white picture of the suspect, whom it recognized as 37-year-old Al-Hassan Abdullah.
Earlier, two native newspapers and a resident on social media had additionally reported the blast, with social media posts indicating that the suspected bomber detonated as he was being chased by safety personnel.
Over the previous 12 months, Egyptian safety forces have been waging a marketing campaign towards extremists centered on Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. On Saturday, the nation’s navy mentioned 15 of its personnel died in a conflict in North Sinai by which seven militants have been additionally killed.
Assaults within the capital are comparatively uncommon, although a roadside bomb in Giza killed three Vietnamese vacationers and an Egyptian information in December, final 12 months.