Cairo Int’l Airport on alert after 2 bombs defused
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo International Airport is on alert while flight operations continue normally, after security forces defused two bombs in a terminal Tuesday morning, Youm7 reported.

Two security personnel from the Cairo Airport Company found a big black bag with two bombs planted under a car in the parking lot of terminal 3 of the airport.

Explosives experts defused the bombs, and also found a message included in the bag that read, “Wait for us in the March conference.”

Egypt is scheduled to host in the Sharm el-Sheikh resort of the Red Sea a major economic conference from March 13-15 to attract new foreign investments. The conference was called for by Saudi Arabia following President Sisi’s election, and was delayed in order to accommodate prospective Chinese investors, who will be celebrating Chinese New Year in February.

An explosion also took place Tuesday morning at an electricity box near Talaat Harb Square in downtown Cairo, eye-witnesses told Youm7.

The explosion caused partial damage to two shops near the box, the eye-witness added. No casualties have been reported, the Explosives Department of Cairo Security directorate Alaa abdel Zaheir told Aswat Masryia.

Since the ouster of the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, numerous bombs attacks have occurred in Cairo, Giza and others governorates, targeting police and military personnel.


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