The assault came a day after Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged to step up the battle against Islamic militants and two days after the chief prosecutor was assassinated in the capital, Cairo.
In a sign of mourning, Egyptian authorities cancelled all official celebrations on June 30, the anniversary of the mass protests that led to Morsi’s ouster by the army.
The car bomb attack was claimed by “Popular Resistance of Giza”, a militant group, but Egyptian authorities blamed the Muslim Brotherhood, a claim the group denies.
Egypt’s prosecutor general survived the attack but was wounded along with his two guards and a civilian. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.
The New York based Committee to Protect Journalists said on Thursday that el-Sissi’s reign saw the highest number of journalists behind bars since 1990 for various charges on pretext of national security.
The well-known 52-year-old journalist was detained on Saturday on an Egyptian warrant at Berlin’s Tegel airport as he tried to board a Qatar Airways flight to Doha.
The Indian Embassy held Yoga Day event in Egypt on Sunday. Events included yoga classes and a photography competition titled ‘Yoga in Egypt’.
The Rafah border crossing opened this morning and will operate for three days, allowing Palestinians to travel in both directions.
The Cairo Criminal Court ruled on Thursday against 24-year-old police lieutenant Yassin Hatem Salahedeen, charged with manslaughter over the death of 32-year-old activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh.
The attack coincided with a major regional economic summit, hosted by el-Sissi at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
There were only a handful of tourists and Egyptians inside the temple at the time of the attack, said security officials.
The earlier trial ended in March 2013 when 21 defendants were sentenced to death, while others received jail terms that ranged from one to 25 years in prison.
It’s all part of a now 15-year effort to revive Egypt’s small wine industry, which mainly caters to tour
Egypt initially declared the group a terrorist organization in February. That ruling further isolated Hamas, which once found open support under Egypt’s toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Egypt sees regular attacks on its security forces as it struggles with a low-level Islamist insurgency, mostly in the lawless northern Sinai Peninsula.