Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim has escaped unhurt following an explosion that targeted him on Thursday morning.
A source in the Ministry of Interior confirmed that an explosion occurred in Nasr City at “approximately 10.30am.” The source said that the ministry was still gathering information but guaranteed that Ibrahim was unhurt.
The source also confirmed that the explosion occurred on Mostafa El-Nahas Street adding that this is near to the minister’s home.
A statement from the ministry said that there were some injuries to both the minister’s guards and people passing by as the explosion occurred. The ministry was not able to confirm exactly how many people had been injured.
Mohamed Hossam, who lives near the site of the explosion said that when the bomb went off ” it was as if it was next to me.” Hossam reported that gunfire was heard immediately after the explosion for around two minutes. He went down to the street and from speaking to security guards they informed him that seven were taken to hospital, five of them to a police hospital.
Hossam said that one car was on fire where the explosion happened but many of the nearby vehicles had been damaged including two black BMWs. He added that the windows of nearby buildings shattered as a result of the explosion and the glass was falling to the street.
State news agency MENA reported that the attack targeted his motorcade, which was travelling to the ministry in downtown Cairo. A security source told MENA that the source of the explosion was a car bomb.