Egypt Interior Minister Survives Car Bomb Blast
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A car bomb targeted the convoy of Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim but failed to harm the politician, the security forces said.
At least four people were reported injured in the blast in Cairo, which the interior ministry described as an assassination attempt.
The minister's convoy was targeted as it travelled through Nasr City, BBC reported.
Nasr City is a stronghold of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group, but there is no word on who was involved.
The explosion took place at about 10:30 local time (08:30 GMT) near Mr Ibrahim's home.
Quoting security sources, state-run Mena news agency said a booby-trapped car exploded in Mustafa al-Nahas street, Nasr City district, as the minister was travelling from his home to the ministry.
However, state TV gave a different account of the incident, saying an explosive device was thrown from the top of a nearby building and detonated near the minister's convoy just after it left his place of residence.
Pictures uploaded to the internet by witnesses showed substantial damage to a building next to the blast.
Egyptian police have reportedly killed two of the attackers, security sources told Reuters news agency.
The Egyptian interior ministry says an attempt to assassinate the minister of the interior by "terrorist groups" was foiled. They say his guards confronted the attackers.