Man held after explosive device detonated near U.S. embassy in Cairo – sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces detained a man on Tuesday after an explosive device detonated near the U.S. Embassy in central Cairo, three security sources said.

Egyptian security forces close the road towards the U.S. Embassy after a man threw an explosive device in downtown Cairo, Egypt September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Nadine Awadalla

No casualties were reported, the sources said. A witness said she heard a blast and then saw a man with a backpack that had caught on fire close to the Semiramis Hotel, across the road from the embassy premises.

The man was then thrown to the ground by security forces as the fire was extinguished, the witness said.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo said on its Twitter account that it was aware of a reported incident and asked people to avoid the area.

The area was cordoned off by security forces shortly after the incident and there was an unusually heavy police presence with dozens of officers nearby, Reuters witnesses said.

Reporting by Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, Mohamed al Sherif, Mahmoud Mourad and Nadine Awadalla; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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