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Man held after explosive device detonated near US embassy in Cairo

Updated: 2018-09-04 20:53
Egyptian security forces close the road towards the US Embassy after a man threw an explosive device in downtown Cairo, Egypt Sept 4, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

CAIRO - Egyptian security forces detained a man on Tuesday after an explosive device detonated near the US Embassy in central Cairo, three security sources said.

No casualties were reported, the sources said. A witness said she heard a blast and then saw a man with a backpack that had caught on fire close to the Semiramis Hotel, across the road from the embassy premises.

The man was then thrown to the ground by security forces as the fire was extinguished, the witness said.

The US Embassy in Cairo said on its Twitter account that it was aware of a reported incident and asked people to avoid the area.


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