At least 13 policemen and three civilians were wounded when a bomb exploded near a police training center in the Nile Delta city of Tanta on Saturday in an attack claimed by a militant Islamist group.
The bomb was planted on a motorcycle parked near the center, 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.
“A training center for the police militias has been targeted in Gharbia province with a highly explosive device … our fighters withdrew safely after completing the mission,” the group’s statement said without giving further details.
Since the Brotherhood’s candidate, Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was deposed in mid-2013 after mass protests against his rule, general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has overseen a crackdown in which hundreds of Brotherhood supporters have been killed and thousands jailed or sentenced to death.