CAIRO :Militant jihadist group Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) has apparently claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed two officers outside the Foreign Ministry in Cairo Sunday morning.
The claim of responsibility was made via a Twitter account associated with the group.
The account said the attack was in retribution for “The State’s crimes against Muslims.” Ajnad Misr also claimed responsibility for two bombings near the Ithadeya presidential palace on June 30 that killed two officers. All of the attacks claimed by the group have taken place in Greater Cairo.
Sunday marked the first day of the school year in Egypt, and five schools in the vicinity of the bombing were evacuated following the explosion.
Only 29 out of 252 students at Abou el-Farag Primary School, which is adjacent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, came to school Monday, Youm7 reported.
“Parents should rest assured that schools are safe and well protected by the police. Cairo has 4,506 schools, and nothing has disrupted the educational process,” Amr Mohamed, undersecretary of the Cairo Education Directorate, told Youm7 Monday.
Cairo Governor Galal Saeed distributed school accessories among students at Abou el-Farag. He encouraged them to attend their classes as normal.
“Our thoughts are with the victims of this heinous act and their families,” the European Union said in a Sunday statement. “We reiterate the EU’s condemnation of terrorism in all its forms.”
The Arab League also deplored the bombing, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh called his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry to express his condolences.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Taha.