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Bomb wounds 16 near police training centre in Egypt's Nile Delta

April 2, 2017 at 11:10 am

At least 13 policemen and three civilians were wounded when a bomb exploded near a police training centre in the Nile Delta city of Tanta on Saturday in an attack claimed by a militant group.

The bomb was planted on a motorcycle parked near the centre, which was cordoned off following the blast as security forces combed the scene, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Two of the wounded are in a critical condition, a health ministry spokesman said.

A newly emerged militant group that calls itself Louwaa el Thawra, or the Revolution Brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter.

The group’s statement said, without giving further details:

A training centre for the police militias has been targeted in Gharbia province with a highly explosive device … our fighters withdrew safely after completing the mission

Egypt faces an militant insurgency led by Daesh’s branch in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. There have also been attacks in Cairo and other cities.