The Islamic State has accepted responsibility for the massive car bombing targeted at Egyptian security forces in Cairo, claiming the attack was a revenge for members killed earlier this year.
The attack took place before dawn in Shubra al-Kheima, a suburb of Cairo; and six policemen at a branch of the National Security Agency – the country’s spy service, were injured.
The heavy blast was heard across several Cairo districts, and it confirms fears of increasing militant attacks since former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in a military coup in 2013.
“Soldiers of the caliphate were able to strike the state security building in the area of Shubra al-Kheima with a car full of explosives,” Islamic State boasted in an online post.
According to the Interior Ministry, a man drove and parked a car rigged with bombs opposite the security complex, nearly six miles from the central Tahrir Square, and then fled on a motorcycle before the explosions went off.
Insurgents in Egypt have stepped up attacks on security installations within the country in recent times, and ISIS said the Thursday attack was in vengeance of “Arab Sharkas” killed during a shootout with security forces close to Shubra al-Kheima in 2014.