4 officers, civilian injured in Tanta explosion
Explosion - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Four officers and a civilian incurred minor injuries after an improvised explosive device detonated outside the Police Club in Tanta, Gharbia governorate late Thursday, Youm7 reported.

The explosive device was placed inside a trash can near the entrance of the club, MENA reported Gharbia governorate official Osama Bedair as saying.

Bedair also said Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim will dispense between 1,500 EGP ($210) to 2,000 EGP to each victim.

Police and military officers have been targeted at their workplaces and on streets since the military ouster of Islamist former President Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

In August, 11 police were killed after a landmine planted by militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis detonated under their armored vehicle in North Sinai.

In July, 22 military conscripts were killed in an armed attack on their checkpoint near the Libyan border. Both the Islamic State (IS) and Ansar reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, but scenes from the checkpoint were included in a violent video released by Ansar. Reuters recently reported that IS guides Ansar.

In December last year, a bombing rocked Dakahlia Security Directorate, killing 16 officers. Egypt swiftly implicated the Muslim Brotherhood in the attack and labeled them a terrorist organization, although the MB condemned the attack and denied any ties to it.

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