CAIRO: An improvised explosive device (IED) has gone off Saturday afternoon outside a court in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Fayoum, according to Egyptian state TV.
The explosive, which targeted a security checkpoint in front of the court, left no casualties.
Fayoum, located 100 kilometers southwest of Cairo, has been witnessing frequent attacks and explosions during the past two weeks. On Aug. 11, a bomb exploded near the governorate’s main police station leaving three cars damaged, Youm7 reported.
On Aug. 8 a low-ranking police officer was killed in an attack, claimed by the “Revolutionary Punishment” militant group, on a police vehicle nearby the Fayoum governorate building.
Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.