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Egypt’s Largest Shopping Center Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Egypt’s Largest Shopping Center Evacuated After Bomb Threat

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Egypt’s largest and most visited shopping center, City Stars, has been evacuated and shut down after a credible bomb threat.

According to AMAY and Youm7, security forces shut down the shopping center after a bomb threat was received.

Youm7, meanwhile, reported that two bombs had been successfully defused at ‘Gate 1’ and ‘Gate 7’. Bomb disposal teams are currently combing the shopping center and near by areas for other explosives, reported Youm7.

Al-Masry Al-Youm, however, reports a bomb was located on the third floor of the shopping center.

Security sources have meanwhile told both Youm7 and ONA that the bombs were merely intended to cause fear among shoppers and did not contain a significant amount of explosives. ONA reported the bombs were located inside bathrooms of the shopping center and then taken outside where they were defused.

Bomb defusal robot at one of the mall's entrances
Bomb defusal robot at one of the mall’s entrances

ONA meanwhile shared a photograph of a note reportedly found with one of the bombs. The note reads “Want a surprise. Support coup. 7 PM.” The validity of the note could not be verified by Egyptian Streets.

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Twitter users at the scene meanwhile said security employees are reporting up to three bombs were located or are suspected in three different locations either inside the shopping center or at one of its entrances.

One Twitter user posted a photograph showing roads leading to City Stars shut down by security forces. Meanwhile, others have reported being evacuated due to a bomb threat.

One user, May Abdel Asim, said she was calling to book cinema tickets and was told “sorry we have bomb in the mall so no cinema today.”

This story is developing.

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  • Anne Abercrombie

    Shouldnt they take fingerprints from that note???

  • Carole Talaway

    Muslim Brotherhood doing their best to disrupt businesses and tank the economy. Over 500 arrested yesterday in various cities. This was the most violent activity seen in some time but it was timed with the 25th of January revolution and Police Day.

  • Nihal Diaa

    They have strong security at all entrances, how the bombs get in there?

    • Karim Shaltout

      Strong Security??? Dont tell Security to this people

    • Minymina

      Its a shopping center, not a bank. People walk in with bags and all sorts of stuff. City Stars following the 25 January revolution, began using airport like security but its not applied to all entrance.

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