Date :Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Time : 23:07 |ID: 14528 | Print

16 injured, sound bomb triggers ‘stampede’ at Cairo metro

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- At least 16 people have been wounded in a crush on a metro train in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after a bomb went off during rush hour.

Egyptian Health Ministry official Ahmad al-Ansari said on Thursday that all the people were injured in a “stampede” triggered by the explosion.

According to metro authority spokesman, Ahmed Abdel Hady, the “sound bomb” was put inside a bag.

Egypt has been the scene of numerous bombings and armed attacks since the military-led ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically-elected president, in July 2013.

Earlier this month, four people, including two policemen, were killed in a bomb attack on a train north of the capital, while explosions in the Cairo Metro and near a presidential palace left several others injured.

The country has also seen many terrorist attacks against its military and security forces, especially in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

On October 24, at least 30 Egyptian soldiers lost their lives when an assailant rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into a checkpoint in the area of Karam al-Qawadees near the town of Sheikh Zuweid in Sinai, close to the border with the Gaza Strip.

Hours later, three security personnel were killed when militants opened fire on a checkpoint in the nearby city of el-Arish.

Following the assaults, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi held an emergency meeting of the National Defense Council to discuss the new spate of violence in Sinai, and announced three days of mourning in the country.

The council also declared a state of emergency “for a duration of three months” in the northern and central parts of the Sinai Peninsula.





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