Cairo Bomb Blast Can’t Dent Rise of Egypt’s Dictatorship-Era Security State
Essam Tarek woke on Thursday morning when a bomb blast, targeting the Egyptian Interior Minister’s convoy, shook his neighborhood, in Cairo’s suburban Nasr City area. “I went to the balcony and I saw cars full of fire and people running scared. People crowded around here. Then there were multiple gunshots,” says Tarek, 25, a medical doctor.
Thursday afternoon, Tarek looked on while a forensics team picked through the remains of burnt-out cars, including a large white Nissan with a burnt engine block, behind a cordon guarded by riot police and plainclothes officers with machine guns. A mangled motorcycle lay on the sidewalk. Chunks of rubber and metal and shards of glass crunched underfoot as much as 50 meters away from the blast site. On the second story of a building damaged in the blast, the windows of a clothing store had been shattered, but racks of bright colored women’s blouses still hung inside.
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