Car bomb hits Egyptian army intelligence building in Ismailia

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At least five people were wounded after a car bomb exploded outside a military intelligence building in Egypt’s Suez Canal city of Ismailia on Saturday, security and medical sources said.

Egyptian security forces stopped three suspects allegedly involved in Saturday’s explosion, according to media reports.

The blast caused one of the building’s walls to collapse and several surrounding cars were set on fire.

Live images broadcast on Egyptian state TV showed plumes of smoke coming out of the building.

Security officials told Al Arabiya that a second car bomb was found in the area, but experts managed to defuse it.

Witnesses said they heard gunfire around the time of the explosion, according to Agence France-Presse.

“This is the latest in a series of cowardly terrorist attacks by extremist elements against the people of Egypt and army installations,” said military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali in a statement carried by AFP.

Several areas across Egypt, including Ismailia, have witnessed regular attacks on police and military personnel since the military’s ouster of President Mohammad Mursi in July.

More than 100 policemen have been killed in Egypt since then, reported AFP.

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