Cairo, Egypt — Two people were killed and three others wounded after bomb attacks hit a court building in Cairo on May 2. Two suicide bombers struck in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula in near-simultaneous attacks that killed two people and wounded nine.
Egyptian state TV said the mid-morning explosion in Cairo’s eastern Heliopolis suburb targeted a traffic police post near the court. The state news agency MENA quoted police spokesman Abdel-Fattah Osman as saying that the blast was caused by a homemade bomb planted near the police post and that an explosives team was inspecting the site for more devices.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but Islamic militants have carried out a series of bombings — with both crude devices and more sophisticated ones — in recent months, targeting Egypt’s security forces and the military.
In restive Sinai, two suicide bombers struck shortly after dawn in the town of el-Tor in the southern part of the peninsula. In the first attack, the bomber targeted an army checkpoint, killing two people, including one soldier, and wounding five, according to a Health Ministry statement.
The second bomber stepped out on a road and blew himself up in front of a bus. Four passengers were wounded from that explosion. The bus driver, Saad Sulieman, who was also hurt in the explosion and spoke to reporters from the el-Tor hospital, said he saw the bomber sitting on the side of the road with an ice box before he got up and detonated his explosives.
The bombers’ body parts were scattered on both sites of the attacks and will be analyzed to determine their identities, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
The Sinai attacks followed a few months’ lull in the northern region of the peninsula, where the military is waging a major offensive aimed at driving out militants who took control of several towns and villages in the area.
The region has witnessed a surge in attacks following the military’s ouster last July of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The military removed Morsi after millions of Egyptians rallied against his rule, a year after his election, and demanded he step down. The interim, military-backed government in turn stepped up its campaign against Morsi’s supporters, killing hundreds and arresting thousands.