CAIRO: One was killed when a car exploded in downtown Cairo in the late hours of Friday, the fourth explosion to rock the turmoil-hit Egypt on a day where Islamist demonstrations usually take place against the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.
The number of casualties was not immediately clear after a car blast in Cairo’s Ramsis street near a subway station, an interior ministry spokesman told state-run news agency MENA.
“A car with no plates exploded, killing its owner. Explosive experts are combing the area to make sure there aren’t any explosive devices,” the spokesman added.
Earlier on Friday, at least four were killed after triple explosions struck the restive Sinai Peninsula and Cairo.
Two suicide attacks in South Sinai targeted a checkpoint and a tour bus, leaving at least one conscript dead and nine others injured.
The first attack happened when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the “Wady El Tor” security checkpoint, killing himself and a conscript as well injuring five other security personnel. The “Wady El-Tor” security checkpoint is operated by both the police and the armed forces.
Shortly after the first attack, a suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying workers of a tourist company in “Ras Gara” area in the South Sinai governorate.
In Cairo, a low ranking police officer was killed and four other security personnel – an officer and three conscripts – were injured following the explosion of a bomb in Heliopolis district at a traffic checkpoint.
Hundreds of police and army personnel have been killed since the toppling of Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Militants, including Al-Qaeda-inspired group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, have vowed to increase their attacks in the run-up to Egypt’s presidential elections later this month.