08/20/2015, 00.00
EGYPT
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Car bomb on Cairo security building leaves 23 injured

Six policemen also involved also, but no deaths. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. A few days ago new anti-terrorism laws were approved.

Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) – A car bomb exploded early this morning outside State Security buildings in Cairo, in the northern district of Shubra. The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior reports that 23 people were injured in the explosion, including six policemen: there are no victims. Local residents heard a powerful blast around 2 am (local time).

A Ministry statement said “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. Then the vehicle exploded, wounding six policemen. "

The bomb left a crater at the point where it exploded, and partially destroyed the building. The windows shattered scattering broken glass in the surrounding streets.

Militant jihadists based in the Sinai - and affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) - have carried out many attacks in Cairo in recent months. However, for the moment no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Just three days ago, new and more stringent anti-terrorism laws were adopted, criticized by human rights activists. Speaking to AsiaNews Fr. Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church, however, described them as "necessary" because "Egypt is at war against terrorism."

In any case, popular consensus for President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi remains high. On the occasion of the enlargement of the Suez Canal, Fr. Samir Khalil Samir - Egyptian by birth - pointed out that the nation is "far from being a democratic country, but in the usual system of the Middle East, Egypt is relatively democratic. It ensures the first thing people demand, namely their daily bread; then the security, a tranquility that allows for progress and some hope of improving the economy".

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