‘Bomb makers’ killed in explosion

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iol pic afr _EGYPT-BLAST-_ Reuters An explosives investigator defuses a bomb on Haram Street in Cairo. Picture: Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

Cairo - Three people are believed to have been killed in an explosion early on Friday at a house south of Cairo used for making bombs, the Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.

The explosion was in a brick building in an agricultural area in the town of Abu Kasah in Fayoum province, it said, adding that experts found more than 20 explosive devices at the scene, which they were defusing.

“Remains of bodies, estimated to be three, have been discovered and the identities are being determined,” MENA said.

Militant attacks on security forces have increased since army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July following mass protests against his year of rule.

On Thursday, the anniversary of Morsi's ouster, five people died in a bomb blast and in clashes between security forces and protesters.

After Morsi's overthrow, security forces launched a crackdown that saw thousands of Brotherhood members detained and hundreds killed. Morsi and other leaders are in detention, and Egypt has labelled the country's oldest Islamist movement a terrorist organisation. - Reuters



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