Eight injured in blast outside Cairo University
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Eight injured in blast outside Cairo University

Police sweeping Egyptian capital as bomb goes off near subway entrance to historic campus

Egyptian security forces stand guard at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, October 12, 2014. (photo credit: AP Photo/El Shorouk, Aly Hazzaa)
Egyptian security forces stand guard at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, October 12, 2014. (photo credit: AP Photo/El Shorouk, Aly Hazzaa)

CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Heath said Saturday that a bomb exploded in front of Egypt’s largest and most prominent university, injuring 8 people.

A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists, said 4 of the people injured on Saturday are police officers who were guarding the entrances to Cairo University.

The official said the blast went off by a subway entrance near the campus. Security officials have cordoned off the area and are sweeping for additional explosives.

Egypt has faced regular militant attacks, mostly targeting security forces, since the military’s ouster of elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Militant groups say they are avenging a security crackdown on Islamists, while authorities blame Morsi supporters for the violence.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

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