• Six police officers injured
  • First attack since new anti-terrorism laws

A state security building in Cairo was attacked in the early hours of 20 August by a car bomb explosion, which injured six police officers in the Shubra district of the city.

No one was killed in the attack, which local media has said was carried out by the Isis-affiliated militant group Sinai Province

Militants across Egypt have been targeting security personnel and government staff, such as the assassination of a public prosecutor in June, which was followed by battles between militants and the armed forces in north Sinai in the same week.

The attack is the first since the recently passed anti-terrorism laws that were ratified by Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on 16 August.

The new law stipulates heavy fines, and possible suspension from employment, for “false” reporting on attacks in Egypt.

Al-Sisi sped up the passage of the law after the state prosecutor was assassinated.

The military was angered after media, quoting security officials, reported that dozens of troops had been killed in the Sinai attack. The military’s official death toll was 21 soldiers and a high number of attackers.

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