Blasts in Cairo kill top police general

April 03, 2014 - 4:35:03 am
Egyptians inspect the damage after twin bombs struck police posts near Cairo University in the center of Egypt's capital on April 2, 2014, which was followed by a third blast as police and journalists gathered at the scene. 

CAIRO: Two bombs targeting security posts near Cairo University exploded in quick succession yesterday killing a police general, followed by a third blast as police and journalists gathered at the scene.

Witnesses said the blasts sent up a cloud of smoke and dust near the campus, the scene of repeated clashes in the past few months between Islamist students and police. The third bomb struck close to the main gates, where police investigators and journalists had gathered, causing no casualties.

The bombings were the latest in a spate of attacks against the security forces since the army overthrew elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last July.

They came less than a week after the army chief who toppled Mursi, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, said he was leaving the military to stand in a presidential election set for May. A fourth bomb placed in a car parked near the university was defused, security officials and state television said.

The Interior Ministry identified the slain officer as Brigadier General Tarek Al Mergawi.

An assistant interior minister, Major General Abdel Raouf 

Al Serafi, and four other policemen were wounded.

“I was waiting for the bus when I heard two explosions. There was dust in the air and policemen were screaming,” said a witness, Sakta Mostafa. A police general at the scene told AFP that the bombs were concealed in a tree between two small police posts. AFP