As thousands gathered at Al-Sayed Al-Badawy Mosque in Tanta to observe the last night of annual birthday celebrations for the mosque’s namesake — the most popular, widely attended moulid in Egypt — two homemade bombs exploded, injuring 11 people, a security source told the state-owned Middle East News Agency (MENA).
Bomb squads successfully diffused a third bomb found nearby before it detonated, MENA said.
The explosions damaged the facades of several nearby shops, according to MENA, but no casualties have been reported in the incident.
This week has seen a string dangerous explosions in crowded urban areas across Egypt. Late on Tuesday, another car bomb detonated on Ramses Street, near the Gamal Abdel Nasser metro station in front of the Supreme Court, injuring at least 15 people who were transferred to nearby hospitals.
In a phone interview with ONtv on Wednesday morning, ambulance authority chief Mohamed Sultan said that three critical cases from Tuesday’s bombing were now in stable condition after going through surgery. The most serious injuries included shrapnel wounds to the abdomen and head.
Of those injured, nine patients have now been released from the hospital, Sultan added.
Also on Tuesday night, unknown assailants bombed a gas station in the North Sinai city of Arish. The station draws from the pipeline that exports gas to Jordan.
Tuesday’s attack marked the 25th time that the gas line has been targeted since 2011. Though the repeated bombings had paused for several months, they resumed again in late August.
Another bombing in Arish on Tuesday night targeted a security checkpoint near the airport.
Dozens of bombings have taken place across Egypt since the former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power in July 2013. The Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdes has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks, but no groups have yet claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s bombings.