Two groups claim responsibility for Cairo University bombing
Cairo University bombing - YOUM7/Hazem Abdel Samad

CAIRO: A group called Soldiers of Egypt released a statement Thursday claiming responsibility for targeting Interior Ministry officials near Cairo University with explosives, Youm7 reported.

The statement said that the group detected a gathering of Interior Ministry officials near Nahda Square and Cairo University, leading them to plant three explosive devices and detonate two of them when the leaders arrived, resulting in one death and six injuries.

According to the statement, the detonation of a third device was paused because civilians gathered in the area, and was detonated after they left so that they would not be harmed.

The group further noted that the last operation came in response to an increase in arrests and raids on women, adding that they would not stop until all detained women are released.

Meanwhile, the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group also claimed responsibility for the blast on Thursday on their private Twitter account @ansar_almakdis, which needs approval in order to be viewed.

The group tweeted, “To the criminal police officers, what you have witnessed was our promise of vengeance and a warning not to harm any students or enter university campuses. Await our other vengeance.”

Islamist movement expert Tarik Abul Saad said the Soldiers of Egypt group’s announcement of responsibility for the blast indicates that Egypt will witness more operations and attacks similar to this one as the presidential elections approach, Youm7 reported.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Ismail, Kamel Kamel, Ahmed Arafa and Hazem Meqlad.

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