CAIRO: One police officer was killed in a bomb blast in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sunday morning, Egyptian State TV reported, and the full death toll is not yet known.
No civilian casualties have yet been reported. Three injured police officers were taken to the hospital, Ministry of Interior spokesperson Hany Abdulalatif told the station.
The explosion occurred at the crossroads of 26 July. St with the cornishe road, downtown Cairo, in a dynamic neighborhood close to the state TV and Broadcast official building.
The Ministry of Education ordered five surrounding schools to evacuate students and staff, Youm7 reported. Sunday was the first day of schools.
It remains unclear how and where the bomb was planted, MENA reporter Ahmed Abdullah told CBC Extra.
Meanwhile, Sky News Arabia had earlier reported that five people were killed in the explosion.
“At 10:30, a tree exploded. We rushed to the area where it happened and found a police officer’s body mutilated. The targeted police officers were sitting at a security installation in front of the Foreign Ministry headquarters,” an eye-witness told CBC Extra.
Top ministry officials have travelled to New York City with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Hussein.