Ajnad Misr claims responsibility for Wednesday Cairo University blast
Location of bomb detonated in front of the main gate of the Cairo University in Nahda square - YOUM7/Khaled Kamel

CAIRO:  Militant jihadist group Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) announced Wednesday it was responsible for a Wednesday afternoon explosion near Cairo University that injured 11 people, according to a statement published on a Twitter account affiliated with the group. 

“We penetrated their ranks (the police forces at the university) and planted an explosive bomb targeting them, and it exploded among them,” the statement read.

The group said the aim of targeting police forces was to punish them for “crimes against the students.” In May, the Cairo Criminal Court for Urgent Matters ruled to designate Ajnad Misr a terrorist organization. The jihadists previously claimed responsibility for attacks on police forces in April and February.

The 11 people injured in the Wednesday explosion included six police personnel and an elderly woman, said the Interior and Health Ministries in statements Wednesday. They added that no one was killed in the attack.

Security sources at the explosion site previously told The Cairo Post that a police general died in the explosion.

The security forces reviewed camera footage from the university gate to identify the perpetrators, said Interior Ministry Public Relations and Media Affairs Secretary Abdel Fatah Othman in comments to the “Headline” TV show on the OTV channel Wednesday.

Ministry of Interior spokesperson Hani Abdel-Lateef told Al-Arabia Al-Hadath channel Wednesday the bomb was planted when a pro-Muslim Brotherhood march was staged near the university in Nahda Square. This is the same location where one of the two large sit-ins staged by the Muslim Brotherhood in August 2013 to protest the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi was held.

Since the second day of the new academic year on Oct. 12, protests have been staged inside many college campuses—including those of Cairo, Al-Azhar and Ain Shams Universities— protesting new restrictions that were imposed by the Ministry of Higher Education.

Back in April, another bomb also detonated outside Cairo University, killing one and injuring six. Terrorist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for that incident.

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