Middle East

Egyptian security building in Cairo rocked by bomb blast

A security official guards the site of a bomb blast at a state security building in Shubra Al-Khaima, on the outskirts of Cairo (20 August 2015) Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The car bomb exploded in the middle of the night

A powerful car bomb has exploded outside a state security building in northern Cairo, Egyptian security officials say.

The blast, which was felt across large parts of the Egyptian capital, injured 29 people, six of them police.

The explosion happened in the early hours of Thursday morning. There were no reports of any deaths.

The militant group Islamic State (IS) says it carried out the attack "to avenge Muslim martyrs".

The statement was not attributed to IS's known branch in Egypt, Sinai Province, but simply had a logo reading "Islamic State, Egypt".

A BBC correspondent in Cairo reports a heavy police presence on the streets.

Residents across Cairo reported hearing and feeling a large blast just before 02:00 local time (00:00 GMT).

There have been several bomb attacks by Islamist militants in Cairo this year.

"A man suddenly stopped his car in front of the state security building, jumped out of it and fled on a motorbike that followed the car," a ministry statement said.

"The car exploded wounding six policemen," it added.

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media caption"Jihadi groups that were battling... in the Sinai, they've really started to launch attacks outside of the confines of that area", reports Bel Trew of The Times

The blast left a crater in the street and partially destroyed the building. Locals said glass from blown-out windows was strewn across several streets nearby.

Sinai Province militants based in northern Sinai have been behind many of the recent bomb attacks in Cairo.

Thursday's bomb comes just days after President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi approved new counter-terrorism laws designed to fight the growing jihadist insurgency.