An explosion outside a police training centre in Tanta, Egypt’s fifth most populated city, has injured 16 people, including 13 police conscripts.
According to the Interior Ministry, the bomb was placed on a motorcycle outside the police training centre. At least on civilian, who suffered brain injuries and is currently in a medically induced coma, is in critical condition.
Following the explosion, the area was cordoned off by police and investigators as they searched for clues.
In statements to Youm7, investigators revealed that there had been no CCTV cameras on the fences of the police training. No cameras were also installed in the training centre. Investigators said that this would make it extremely difficult to find the perpetrators and said CCTV cameras should have been installed at such a center.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Since the ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013, there have been a number of terrorist attacks targeting police forces, mostly in North Sinai.
Egypt’s military, in cooperation with local tribes, has waged a war against militancy in North Sinai, killing hundreds of suspected terrorists. An estimated 2100 people were killed in North Sinai in 2015, including roughly 1800 described by the military as “terrorists,” 150 civilians, 40 police officers and conscripts, and 140 military personnel.