CAIRO: Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim arrived on Friday morning at the scene of the Cairo Security Directorate explosion.
The minister inspected the damage to the Museum of Islamic Art which is located near the directorate building.
Ibrahim told the CBC TV channel that a large number of antiquities were destroyed as a result of the explosion, adding that glassware pieces were the most affected.
Security Director of the Egyptian National Library and Archives Emad al-Qahwagy told Youm7 Friday that the explosion damaged the water pipes of the museum. This led to water damage to many manuscripts whose protective glass cases were broken by the blast, he added.