Man held after attempting to detonate explosive device near US embassy in Cairo – reports
The suspect was also carrying a firearm, and a second explosive device was reportedly found nearby. The male was swiftly arrested by police, Reuters reported, citing security officials. The embassy has a number of security measures, including a wall protecting the diplomatic compound and armed guards.
Photos have emerged on Twitter purporting to show the improvised explosive device used by the suspect.
The embassy said in a statement posted to its official Facebook account that US citizens should "avoid the area," adding that it was aware of reports that local transportation had been disrupted due to the incident.
[1 of 3]— US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) September 4, 2018
• We are aware of a reported incident on Simon Bolivar Street in Cairo. Please avoid the area and monitor local media for updates. We are aware of reports that public transportation near the area has been disrupted due to the incident. Please exercise caution.
Hours after the incident, the embassy tweeted that it was open for business again.
The building, located just south of Tahrir Square in Egypt’s capital, is in a district which houses a number of other diplomatic missions, as well as five-star hotels and tourist attractions.
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