Five bombs explode near metro stations
Cairo metro station - YOUM7/Hassan Mohamed

CAIRO: There were five explosions in different metro stations Wednesday morning resulting in the injury of at least two, media outlets reported.

Two improvised bombs exploded in Shubra al-Kheima and Ghamra metro stations.

A medical source told Youm7 that three were injured in the explosion at Shubra al-Kheima metro station; a driver, an accountant at the Ministry of Health, and a third person.

The first and second metro lines were halted after the explosion of Shubra al-Kheima and Ghamara. Bomb squads swept the areas looking for other potential bombs.

Two other bombs exploded at Kobri al-Qubba and Helmyet al-Zatoun metro stations. The bomb squad was able to defuse a second bomb in Helmyet al-Zatoun.

Another bomb exploded near Heliopolis Court. Families of the detained protesters in Ithadeya demonstration started a sit-in Wednesday morning in front of the Heliopolis Court, calling the release of their children before the explosion.

After the bomb went off, activist Mona Seif, Alaa Abdel Fatah’s sister, said on her Facebook page that they are all fine. When they head the bomb go off, they initially thought that a car tire exploded, claiming that these bombs are meant to cause panic.

A security source at the Ministry of Interior said initial investigations show the bomb that exploded in Shubra al-Kheima was inside a bag and the explosion of Ghamra was a sound bomb in one of the trash bins, according to Wednesday statement issued by the ministry.

The bag in Shubra al-Kheima that had a bomb belonged to one of the injured, Sayed S., and is suspect that he placed the bomb on the metro. He was detained until further investigations, according to a security source from the Ministry of Interior.

Additional reporting by Reda Habeshy.

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