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6 killed in Cairo, blast targets Egyptian security forces

Monday, 12 December 2016

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CAIRO—A bombing in Cairo killed six members of the security forces and wounded three others on Friday, Egypt’s interior ministry said, in the deadliest attack on the country’s military in the capital since May.

The bomb exploded between two police checkpoints on the main road leading to the pyramids at Giza, the ministry said, adding that an investigation was under way.

A shadowy group called Hasm, or “Decisiveness,” claimed responsibility for the attack. The government suspects the organization is linked to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

For several years security forces have waged war against a growing Sinai-based insurgency led by Islamic State’s local affiliate, Sinai Province. The group has carried out attacks that have killed thousands of soldiers and police since 2013.

The simmering violence has blemished the administration of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, who came to power in a 2013 military coup partly on the strength of his pledge to be a bulwark against terrorism at home and a robust partner to counterterrorism efforts elsewhere in the Middle East.

The vast majority of militant attacks on government and military targets have occurred in Sinai, and assaults in Cairo and elsewhere in the country have been rare.

Source by: Internet

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