Jihad bombing near Pyramids, 6 Egyptian police killed


Back in June, the Islamic State threatened to destroy the Pyramids. And in July 2015, the Islamic State’s caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said that destroying the monuments was a “religious duty.”

“Cairo blast near pyramids kills 6 Egyptian police,” Associated Press, December 9, 2016:

CAIRO — An explosion on a main Cairo thoroughfare killed six police and wounded another three on Friday, in what appeared to be the deadliest attack on security forces in several months.

The state-run MENA news agency said the explosion took place near a mosque on Pyramids road, the main avenue leading from the city center out to the Giza pyramids, which is often used by tour buses. It says the blast targeted security forces, without elaborating on what caused the explosion.

Insurgents have carried out a number of attacks in Egypt since the 2013 military ouster of an elected Islamist president. The violence has been concentrated in the northern Sinai Peninsula, but there have also been several attacks on the mainland, including in the capital.

An AP reporter at the scene said the bombing appeared to have targeted two police SUVs parked along the road at a mobile checkpoint. The explosion completely destroyed one of the vehicles and severely damaged the other. Dozens of people gathered at the scene as police cordoned off the area….

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