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IS Attacks Cairo Police HQ
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IS Attacks Cairo Police HQ

A powerful car bomb blast tore through a Cairo police building Thursday injuring at least 29 people in the latest attack claimed by the Islamic State militants against Egyptian security forces.

Six policemen were among those wounded in the explosion but officials said none of the injuries was life-threatening, AFP reported.

The overnight explosion shook the working-class Shubra district of northern Cairo, severely damaging the front of the police office and shattering the windows of nearby buildings.

The attack came only days after Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi imposed a tough new anti-terrorism law as he struggles with an insurgency spearheaded by the local branch of IS.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that a car had exploded outside the police building, which houses a center for investigating threats to national security, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said six policemen and 23 civilians had been wounded but none of the injuries was serious.

IS said in a statement the attack was revenge for the hanging of six members of its Egyptian affiliate, known as Sinai Province, in May.

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