WORLD Man detained after explosion near US embassy in Cairo


Man detained after explosion near US embassy in Cairo

By Liu Hui | People's Daily app

23:47, September 04, 2018


Cairo - (People’s Daily) A 24-year-old man was detained on Tuesday near the US Embassy in downtown Cairo after a bottle containing flammable chemicals caught fire in his backpack.

A statement released by Egypt’s state information service named the suspect as 24-year-old Abdullah Ayman Abdesamea.

“Preliminary investigations suggest that he harbors some extremist ideas and was intending to use [the chemicals] to commit an act of aggression,” the statement said.

The incident happened at around 1:30 pm local time. The US Embassy said on its Twitter account that it was resuming normal business after police finished their investigation at the scene.  A CCTV video that went viral on social media showed a man in a black T-shirt kneeling on the road amid a crowd of bystanders and police. He had his trousers removed before being led away, and further footage appeared to show him with the T-shirt tied round his head talking to police.

A witness told local media that she heard a blast and then saw the man catch on fire close to the Semiramis Hotel, right across the street from the embassy.

Egypt has been fighting Islamic State-related extremists based in the Sinai Peninsula in recent years.

(Passant Sayed Khalil also contributed to this article)

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue