Cairo (AFP) – A car bomb wounded six Egyptian policemen Thursday as it exploded in front of a police building in Cairo, the interior ministry said, the latest in a wave of militant attacks that has rocked Egypt.
The powerful blast in northern Cairo s district of Shubra came in the middle of the night, an AFP journalist said, as Egyptian security forces are being targeted by Islamic State militants waging an Islamist insurgency.
“A man suddenly stopped his car in front of the state security building, jumped out of it and fled on a motorbike that followed the car,” the ministry statement said.
“The car exploded wounding six policemen.”
The blast made a wide crater near the four-storey building, shattered its windows and destroyed a major part of the front portion of a surrounding wall, an AFP correspondent reported from the site.
One of the two guard posts at the entrance of the building was also destroyed.
A vehicle engine lay metres away from the entrance as police cordoned off the site to prevent crowds of people from gathering, and broken metal parts of a car lay scattered on the ground.
Front glass windows of three buildings near the site were also shattered.
“The front glass window of my apartment broke and two doors fell down. It was like an earthquake,” Hady Gad, a resident living behind the building told AFP.