At least 13 civilians were injured on Tuesday by a bomb explosion in Downtown Cairo. Security officials said in a statement that the explosion took place near the ambulance headquarters in Ramses Street.
The prosecutor general ordered an investigation and detailed inspections of the bomb location. The initial results indicate the bomb was made of homemade explosive items wired together by small metal pieces.
Ambulance Authority Head Mohamed Sultan told official state news agency (MENA) that there were at least 13 casualties, including a pregnant woman. Three of the casualties are currently being held at the special care unit.
The injuries were minor according to the officials’ statement. The explosion targeted citizens who were passing by at the time of the explosion.
Meanwhile, the gas line between Arish, North Sinai and Aqaba, Jordan was bombed for the 26th time in three years. No casualties were reported.
Officials from the gas company claimed that there was no gas being transferred at the time of the explosion and they managed to close all pipeline valves to avoid subsequent damage following the blast.
The pipeline, which supplies gas through Sinai to Jordan and Israel, has been attacked almost monthly since the uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.
Egypt’s 20-year gas deal with Israel, signed in the Mubarak era, is unpopular with some Egyptians, with critics accusing Israel of not paying enough for the fuel.