Egypt terrorism fears raised after Cairo bombings

Egypt terrorism fears raised after Cairo bombings

The threat of terrorism has again been raised in Egypt following bomb blasts yesterday (Wednesday) at Cairo University.

Reports indicate that there were a number of deaths and injuries in the attack on a police post, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The first two bombs went off within minutes of each other, with the third exploding about two hours later. A senior police officer is known to be among the dead.

The latest incident follows reports of explosions near a police checkpoint at scheduled protests in Giza in February when at least six people were wounded.

Three South Korean tourists and their driver were killed at Taba in Sinai on February 16, and the group responsible has threatened further attacks.

The FCO said: “We believe that terrorists continue to plan attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could occur without prior warning. Terrorists could target protestors and the Egyptian authorities.

“Attacks have mainly been aimed at the security forces, their facilities and other government buildings. You should take great care near these buildings. Attacks targeting foreigners can’t be ruled out.”

The FCO continues to advise against all but essential travel to the regions of Beni Suef, Minya, Asyut and Sohag and the governorate of South Sinai, with the exception of the area within the Sharm el-Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq.

The Egyptian government says militants have killed almost 500 people since last July, most of them policemen and soldiers.

There have been fears of an increase in violence in the run-up to the presidential election in May.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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