Cairo: Bomb explosion kills 6 Egyptian police officers, injures 3 others

A bomb explosion at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo on Friday killed 6 police officers and injured 3 others, officials said.

Cairo: Bomb explosion kills 6 Egyptian police officers, injures 3 others

A bomb explosion at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo on Friday killed 6 police officers and injured 3 others, officials said.

The Hasm movement, a recently emerged group, has claimed the responsibility of the attack and added that it was also responsible for several attacks in Egypt in recent months, reported Al Jazeera.

The latest attack in the Egyptian capital next to a large mosque in Cairo’s twin city, Giza, less than two hours before hundreds flocked to the area for Friday Prayer.



A statement on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Interior Ministry confirmed a crude explosive device went off near the checkpoint. But state TV reported the blast was caused by a car bomb.

The Hasm movement has said it seeks retribution for the military overthrow of the Morsi government and the violent crackdown that followed. Egyptian security officials say that the group is aligned with the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.


In a statement, the Hasm movement said “the blood of the martyrs will not go in vain, but rather this blood is the fuel to our revolution and a light that leads our resistance.”

The Hasm movement emerged in July, saying that it carried out the assassination of a top police chief. Since then, it has claimed responsibility for several more attacks, including assassination attempts against the country’s assistant prosecutor general and a senior cleric.


Egyptian officials have accused the Muslim Brotherhood of being behind Hasm, although most Brotherhood leaders are in prison and the movement has officially denied any ties to militancy.

Attacks in cities, mostly targeting judges and police officers, occur less frequently and the identities of those responsible are often unclear.