Cairo hospital bombing

This item appears on page 18 of the October 2019 issue.

A car bomb exploded outside of a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, on Aug. 4, killing 20 people and injuring 47. An Egyptian official claimed that the explosives-laden car was being driven to a different site to attack when it ended up going the wrong way down a one-way street and collided with three other cars, causing the explosion.

The bomber, who died in the explosion, was identified as a member of the militant Hasm group, or Arms of Egypt Movement. Hasm is designated as a terrorist group by the US.

Egyptian security forces killed at least 17 suspected militants in three police actions after the bombing.