Two people were killed, including a police brigadier-general in a series of explosions outside Cairo University, Egypt on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in what appeared to be the latest militant attack in a fast-growing insurgency.
Three blasts rocked the area outside the main gate of the university campus, the first two in quick succession while the third came little later.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said Brig. Gen. Tariq al-Mirgawi, police chief of the criminal unit in West Giza, was killed in the blasts.
“Experts determined that the two explosive devices were planted in one of the trees in the area,” the ministry said, adding that an investigation was under way.
According to reports by an insider, the bombs are believed to be ‘homemade’.
Ambulances quickly arrived the on the scene. Hundreds of police and security officials cordoned off the area, and forensic experts and sniffer dogs have been brought in to investigate.
Attacks targeting security forces have become increasingly common in Egypt since the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood in July following mass protests against his rule.