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IED injures 3 in Giza neighbourhood

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This is the second explosion of the day in Greater Cairo

Egyptian security forces and bystanders inspect the wreckage of a car following a bomb attack in western Cairo that left three civilians wounded late on April 15, 2014. Two bomb blasts in Cairo wounded six people including at least two policemen yesterday, the latest attacks since Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted.  (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED)

Egyptian security forces and bystanders inspect the wreckage of a car following a bomb attack in western Cairo that left three civilians wounded late on April 15, 2014.
(AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED)

A blast on Tuesday night in Giza’s Faisal neighbourhood left three people injured, bringing the total number of injuries from explosions on Tuesday to five, after the Dokki neighbourhood blast in the early morning.

The blast in Faisal was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) left under a car. The driver, a passenger and a passerby were injured, a statement by the Ministry of Interior said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

An earlier blast on Tuesday in Giza’s Dokki neighbourhood left two people injured—a noncommissioned police officer and a conscript. It was caused by an IED that targeted a police kiosk situated across the street from the Dokki Police Station.

Agnad Misr militant group is suspected of being responsible for the Dokki explosion. The group claimed responsibility for the series of explosions that occurred outside Cairo University on 2 April, which killed Director of Western Giza Investigation Tarek El-Mergawy and injured five other officers.

Cairo has witnessed several explosions in the past three months, after Sinai bore the majority of the bombings in the country since July. In January, Greater Cairo was hit by four blasts on one day, the deadliest of which targeted the Cairo Security Directorate in Downtown Cairo, leaving four people dead and dozens injured. Another two died on that day from two other blasts.

Recently designated terrorist organisation Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for all four bombings. Founded in 2011, the group has claimed responsibility for the majority of the violent attacks the country had witnessed in recent months, including for assassinations of security officials and the downing of a military helicopter in January.

On Monday the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters ruled Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis a terrorist organisation, compelling the Egyptian government to uphold the decision.

The court’s decision came days after the United States State Department designated the group a Foreign Terrorist Organisation.  British members of parliament designated Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis a terror organisation at the beginning of April.


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