Egypt Interior Minister survives car bomb

'WAVE OF TERRORISM.' A file photo of Egyptian soldiers. File photo by AFP photo/Mohamed El-Shahed

Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim survives an attack, after a car bomb strikes his convoy near his home in the Nasr City area Thursday. The bombing comes as security forces clamp down on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, sparking fears of a resurgence of Islamist militant attacks. The interior ministry says the blast was “possibly caused by a suicide bombing in which a powerful bomb was placed in the trunk of a car.” Ten policemen and 11 civilians were wounded in the attack. The presidency and the military condemn the attack, which they describe as “terrorism,” while the government says it will “strike with an iron fist those who threaten national security.” Ibrahim says he warned about such violence after the crackdown on Islamists who set up camps in Cairo to protest the army’s removal of Morsi on July 3. Hundreds of Islamists were killed in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares when police stormed the protest camps on August 14.

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