Egypt police confirm that an explosive device attached to the vehicle caused the explosion of a vehicle in the Egyptian city of Ismailiyah. The explosion took place near the entrance to the security forces camp in the city. One policeman had died from the incident while 18 other people were injured by the blast including six civilians.
According to police investigations, a large quantity of explosive materials were used, making the explosion very intense.
After the explosion, gunshots were heard. Police suggested that it was the work of armed groups or protesters against the topple of elected President Mohammed Morsi on July 3. The suggestion of armed groups was linked to the military’s operation in the Suez Canal against groups in Sinai, where Ismailiyah is one of the surrounding areas.
Police crackdown continued in Cairo as protests continue to rage on against the interim government of Egypt. A total of 200 soldiers and policemen have died in combatting groups in the Sinai Peninsula and hundreds of Morsi supporters have been killed in the mass protests.
The interim government issued a law that would ban protests near places of worship and had made it mandatory for protesters to have permission to hold a demonstration from the Interior Ministry.