Explosion in south Cairo suburb kills 1, injures 3

One person was killed and three others injured in an explosion in the south Cairo suburb of Maadi on Friday morning.

Hamada Abdel Aaty, a 35-year-old doorman, was attending to the garden of a building in Algeria street when he found an explosive device, that later detonated. His wife and two children were also injured in the blast.

No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

In December, 2016 the St. Peter and St. Paul church in Cairo was targeted by a bombing which killed at least 25, and injured dozens. The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack on the church, which is adjacent to Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral in Abbasseya.

A bomb detonated in the Talbeya neighborhood in Giza earlier in the same month, killing six police personnel stationed at a checkpoint and injuring three others. Militant group Hassm claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Recent years have seen extremist militant groups step up their attacks, previously limited to Sinai governorates, on Egypt’s main cities.

North Sinai in particular has faced escalating violence and attacks by militant groups since the military-backed ouster of former Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. The ongoing conflict between militants and Egypt’s security forces has spread to include mid-Sinai in the past year.

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