2 policemen killed in Egypt train blast

Updated: 2014-11-06 10:16


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CAIRO - Two policemen were killed and 15 people injured on Wednesday night during a bomb explosion in a railway station in Egypt's Nile Delta province Minufiya, state-run Ahram Arabic website reported.

2 policemen killed in Egypt train blast

A man holds up military boots during a protest against terrorism in Cairo, November 4, 2014.[Photo/Agencies]

The bomb exploded inside a train in the railway station of Menouf, capital of the province Minufiya, Ahram quoted security officials in Minufiya as saying. The explosion was not targeting the train but a nearby security checkpoint, according to the source.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion. The accident comes one day after a twin blast rocked the area near North Sinai Governorate building in Arish city causing no casualties, and a few days after a blast targeted a big military checkpoint in nearby Sheikh Zuweid city in late October leaving some 30 soldiers killed and tens of others injured. Egypt announced a three-month curfew and state of emergency in some parts of North Sinai in reaction to the attack.

Egypt has been facing a rising wave of terrorism since the overthrow of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the military in July 2013 and the following crackdown on his supporters that left about 1,000 killed and thousands more arrested.

Anti-government attacks extended from the Sinai Peninsula to reach the capital Cairo and other provinces across the country. Sinai-based, al-Qaida-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and its fellow Ajnad Misr groups claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.