The militant group Ajnad Misr issued a statement claiming responsibility for a bomb attack on security forces stationed outside of Helwan University. The homemade bomb had exploded amid the security forces on Thursday, leaving no injuries.
In the statement the group condemned the presence of “criminal” security forces around the university. “The heroes successfully penetrated [the security forces’] rows, despite their stringent precautions, their constant shifts in places, their daily searches, and all other guarding measures.”
Ajnar Misr is a shadowy group that has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in and around greater Cairo since the ousting of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, including a bombing outside Cairo University on 22 October. The United Arab Emirates recently placed the group on its list of terrorist organisations.
Security forces have maintained a presence outside many universities across Egypt since the beginning of the new academic year to prevent possible demonstrations and protests.