Bomb at Checkpoint Near Cairo Kills 6 Police Officers

The site of a bomb blast at a security checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo on Friday. The checkpoint was on the main road to the Giza pyramids, Egypt’s most famous tourist attraction. (Khaled Elfiqi/European Pressphoto Agency)
The site of a bomb blast at a security checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo on Friday. The checkpoint was on the main road to the Giza pyramids, Egypt’s most famous tourist attraction. (Khaled Elfiqi/European Pressphoto Agency)

A bomb ripped through a security checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo on Friday, killing six police officers and wounding three others, officials said, in the latest in a series of deadly attacks this year.

The bomb detonated next to a large mosque in Cairo’s twin city, Giza, less than two hours before hundreds flocked to the area for Friday Prayer. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Militants have frequently targeted Egyptian security forces since the military ousted the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013 and subsequently killed hundreds of his backers.

Thousands of supporters of Mr. Morsi’s opposition group, Muslim Brotherhood, have been jailed, and many others have become radicalized, rights groups say.

The worst violence has taken place on the Sinai Peninsula, where an Islamic State affiliate has been fighting the Egyptian military for over three years.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Nour Youssef