Egyptian court evacuated after bomb threat

Published November 25th, 2015 - 01:25 GMT

Egypt's justice ministry said a South Giza court was evacuated on Wednesday following a bomb warning, which turned out to be a false alarm.

Upon inspection, bomb experts said it was a 'false alarm', and was not a bomb, according to Al-Ahram Arabic news website. 

The civil defence forces, representatives from Giza’s security directorate, and firefighting units arrived earlier to the scene to inspect and control the situation. 

The bomb suspicion comes only one day after seven people -- including judicial officials and security personnel -- were killed on Tuesday in North Sinai's restive city of Al-Arish in attacks on a hotel where judges supervising parliamentary polls were residing.

Over the past two years, "Sinai Province," formerly known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for a number of attacks, some of which targeted judges in Al-Arish.

Daesh-affiliated militants, who have primarily targeted security forces since the removal of Morsi, have in recent months targeted several judges amid the conviction of many Morsi supporters in terror-related cases.

"The judges pledge to God and country to continue giving [to the people], and continue their efforts… [to uphold justice]," read a statement released by the justice ministry after Tuesday's attacks. "They will not rest until... the criminal terrorists get just retribution."


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