Police officer killed, 2 injured in Cairo bomb attack
Published Saturday 19/04/2014 (updated) 20/04/2014 18:27
Egyptian security patrols area after bombs struck police posts in Cairo
on April 2, 2014 (AFP/File Mahmoud Khaled)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- An Egyptian police officer was killed and two injured on Friday evening when a bomb targeting a traffic police kiosk near Cairo exploded, security officials said, the latest of such attacks.
Sources told Ma'an that unidentified assailants hurled a "primitive" explosive device into a traffic police booth located under Lebanon Square Bridge in Giza.
The bomb killed police Major Muhammad Jamal and injured another policeman and a civilian, and the attackers reportedly fled the scene.
Militants have stepped up their attacks against security forces since the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in July and the military-installed authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters.
Mohamed Morsi has denounced the violence, but anti-government militant groups have continued unabated.
The attack comes a day after a little-known Wahhabi militant group, Ajnad Misr, vowed new attacks against security forces in retaliation to their crackdown on Morsi supporters that, according to Amnesty International, has claimed 1,400 lives.
But the deadliest attacks have been claimed by Sinai-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a militant group inspired by Al-Qaeda.
Official figures show that more than 500 people -- mostly policemen and soldiers -- have been killed in bombing and shooting assaults by militants since July.
Most militant attacks have been in the restive Sinai Peninsula, but in recent months brazen attacks have also been launched farther afield in the Nile Delta and in the capital.
On Tuesday, two bomb blasts wounded six people including at least two policemen in Cairo and on April 2, a police general was killed when three bombs exploded in front of Cairo University.
More than 15,000 people, mostly from Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, have also been jailed for their participation in protests, while hundreds have been sentenced to death after what are often speedy trials.
The authorities blame the Brotherhood for the attacks and have blacklisted it as a "terrorist organization."
AFP contributed to this report.