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Cairo’s Suicide Bomber Was Deported From US, France

Cairo’s Suicide Bomber Was Deported From US, France

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019 - 08:00
Egyptian special forces in the suicide bombing site at Darb al-Ahmar district near Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. (AFP)
Cairo - Mohammed Abdo Hassanein
Egyptians held on Tuesday the funeral of three policemen who died in the suicide attack near Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo on Monday.

The suicide bomber, Al-Hassan Abdullah, 37, is reportedly the son of a pediatrician who had emigrated to the United States 25 years ago and is known to be a "religious extremist."

Sources said he moved to live with his father before being deported to France and then to Egypt, almost three years ago.

Eyewitnesses said Abdullah used to sell gas cylinders and ride a bicycle, sometimes he used to wear medical face masks.

In a house nearby in Darb al-Ahmar district in Cairo, police found a bomb and bomb-making material, which prompted the evacuation of the entire building, according to security officials.

Abdullah blew himself up after police officers approached to arrest him. He was wanted in a bombing last Friday near Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo's district of Giza, and the police had been monitoring his movements.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that security forces were pursuing the man in search for the perpetrator of last week’s attempted attack against a police patrol.

“After catching the suspect in Cairo's ancient Islamic district close to the Al Azhar mosque, one of the explosive devices in his possession exploded, causing the death of the terrorist and the martyrdom of a police officer from national security and an officer from Cairo investigations (department),” the statement said.

At least three civilians were also wounded, including a Thai student who suffered light injuries, security sources said.

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