Fatal blast damages Cairo police headquarters

Egyptian police gather around the coffins during the funeral of five Egyptian policemen who were...

Egyptian police gather around the coffins during the funeral of five Egyptian policemen who were killed when masked gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on a checkpoint in the province of Beni Suef, 100 km (62 miles) south of Cairo, January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

Reuters

, Last Updated: 2:16 AM ET

CAIRO  - A large blast near police headquarters in central Cairo on Friday killed at least two people and wounded many others, security and medical sources said.

Three security sources said a car bomb was the likely cause of the explosion, which damaged the building and sent smoke rising over the city centre.

Reuters witnesses heard gunfire immediately after the blast. State television quoted witnesses as saying gunmen opened fire on buildings after the explosion.

Islamist militants have stepped up attacks on security forces since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July. (Reporting by Michael Georgy; Editing by Eric Walsh)

 


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