Cairo: Muslim terrorist arrested after detonating a bomb at the US Embassy

Egyptian security forces detained a Muslim terrorist on Tuesday after an explosive device detonated near the US Embassy in central Cairo.

No casualties were reported. 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 terrorist was then thrown to the ground by security forces as the fire was extinguished, the witness said.

The US 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 terror attack and there was an unusually heavy police presence with dozens of officers nearby.