Three held after fire bomb bid in metro

Police have arrested three men accused of throwing a petrol bomb in a metro station in the capital last month, a police official said on Thursday.The three, aged between 17 and 20, were arrested on Wednesday, he said. The attack, in which the bottle did not explode, was not a political act, he added.

“The three men were fighting with another group over girls. They threw the petrol bomb at the others who were on the metro platform.”

The February 28 incident came six days after a French teenager was killed by a bomb in Cairo’s Khan el-Khalili bazaar and on the same day that an American man was knifed and lightly wounded in the same market.

The three attacks were cited by the US embassy in Cairo in a statement urging American citizens to take security precautions while in Egypt.

“These events do not appear to be connected, but there is some indication that additional incidents are planned,” a statement on the embassy’s website said.

Police arrested three men after the bazaar bombing, which targeted a group of French tourists, and the man who allegedly stabbed the American.

Police said the attacks were not lined, and that the man accused of the knife attack was insane and hated Westerners. The three men detained after the market bombing are still in custody but have not been charged.


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