A bomb blast near Egypt's foreign ministry killed two police officers and wounded several others on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said, in the most serious attack in Cairo in almost three months.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack which killed two police lieutenant colonels. But the operation resembled ones carried out by Islamist insurgents seeking to topple the U.S.-backed government.
The 10:45 a.m. blast in Cairo targeted a police checkpoint near the back gate of the 34-story ministry building. Several people were wounded, said the ministry. It identified the two officers as Lt. Cols. Khaled Saafan and Mohammed Abu Sreeah. It said several other policemen were wounded by the blast, including a police major general and another lieutenant colonel.
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab cut short a tour of the Suez Canal city of Ismailia and headed back to Cairo following news of the explosion.