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Policeman killed in double blast outside Cairo University

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Two IEDs explode outside the Faculty of Engineering leaving five police officers injured

Two consecutive explosions went off outside Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering in Giza on Wednesday morning, killing one and injuring five.

The blasts were caused by two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) leaving Tarek El-Mergawy, Director of Western Giza Investigation, killed and five other police officers injured, according to the Ministry of Interior. The ministry added in a press statement that the IEDs were “planted inside a tree in the area”, across the street from Cairo University’s main gate.

Investigations into the blasts remain ongoing, the Ministry of Interior said.

Ambulances arrived at the scene of the explosion shortly afterwards.

Students at the Faculty of Engineering said security forces fired two teargas canisters outside the faculty right after the blasts.

Students Against the Coup, a student movement which supports former president Mohamed Morsi, cancelled a planned protest after the blasts. The movement denied they had anything to do with the explosion.

On 24 January, four bombs went off at four separate places in Greater Cairo, including the Cairo Security Directorate in Bab Al-Khalq neighbourhood. The four attacks left six people killed.

Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for all the aforementioned attacks.


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