ISIS claims car bomb in Cairo targeting police building

No deaths reported from an ISIS claimed explosion targeting police building in Egyptian capital

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Debris is seen on the ground near a damaged building after a bomb blast at a national security building in Shubra Al-Khaima

A massive car bombing on Thursday in the district of Shubra al-Khaima in Cairo ripped through a security building and caused serious damage to adjacent houses.

No deaths were reportedly caused by the boming, but at least 29 people - mainly security officers - were seriously injured by the attack. Egyptian officials say that the bombing that occurred roughly around dawn on Thursday and was carried out using large amounts of explosives detonated from afar with a remote control.

The attack was claimed by ISIS hours after the bombing, the militant group Wilayet Sinai (Sinai Province) declared responsibility via twitter. Sinai Province militant group vowed allegiance to ISIS last year.

The bombing left a huge crater in front of the police building, and shattered the front glass of adjacent buildings.

"A man suddenly stopped his car in front of the state security building, jumped out of it and fled on a motorbike that followed the car," the interior ministry statement said.

Police checkpoints were stationed all across the edge of Shubra al-Khaima to help identify and arrest the preparators.

This attack comes one month after a car bombing devastated the Italian consulate in Cairo on July 11. The car bomb detonated while moving in front of the consulate, situated in one of Cairo's oldest streets, killing only one person and wounding four others.

“Italy will not be intimidated by the deadly bombing of its consulate in Cairo,” Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said following the attack.

Egypt's former chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat was assassinated in June. Following that incident Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed the creation of tougher laws to secure the stability of Egyptian society. Sisi recently approved an "anti-terror" law that human rights groups and journalists have found concerning due to its broadness.

The new "anti-terror" law imposes tougher restrictions on freedom of speech and eases restriction on the use of violence by security forces in Egypt. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International have expressed concerns over the law.

TRTWorld and agencies