Officer killed, nine others injured in blast in Cairo

An officer was killed while eight conscripts and a civilian were injured on Friday in a roadside bomb blast here, targeting a police patrol, with jihadists claiming responsibility for the attack.

Cairo: An officer was killed while eight conscripts and a civilian were injured on Friday in a roadside bomb blast here, targeting a police patrol, with jihadists claiming responsibility for the attack.

Police officer Mostafa Shemays died of his injuries after the bomb exploded in Ain Shams district, a neighbourhood in northeast Cairo, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior.

A "home-made bomb" has targeted the patrol, the statement added.

The militant group Ajnad Misr claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that?it targeted security forces who were heading to the nearby Alf Maskan district to disperse Islamist protesters.

Ain Shams district is considered to be a stronghold of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The attacks targeting police and military patrols have increased manifold since the ouster of Morsi in 2013.

Over 500 security personnel have been reportedly killed in attacks since then.

Last month, at least?32 soldiers were killed and dozens others were injured in?simultaneous attacks that?hit Al-Arish City in North Sinai.  

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