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Giza Great Pyramids bomb: Six killed in blast at security checkpoint to Egypt’s top tourist attraction

Six people have been killed by a bomb placed in a garbage bin at a security checkpoint near the Great Pyramids1 in Egypt. Security sources report the dead victims were all policemen2 working near the tourist attraction in Cairo. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Al Haram street leading to the Pyramids, in which four civilians were also hurt.

People are describing the dead victims on social media as a combination of police officers, admin officials and new recruits – which is yet to be confirmed. They are also being described as martyrs “who spare nothing to defend the country” and “willing to be sacrificed to protect the country”. The attack is also being described as an “ambush”.

The policemen were either in or close to their car when the device went off in or near a garbage can, the sources said.

Four civilians were also injured in the blast

Security forces killed three gunmen on Tuesday in a raid on a hideout in southern Egypt used by what they described as an armed wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, which claimed responsibility in September for an assassination attempt on a senior prosecutor. An Egyptian general was killed by militants last month near his home in North Sinai in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility . He was the second military officer of his rank to be shot dead in as many weeks. Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed in an Islamist insurgency led by Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula.

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Attacks have stepped up since the military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement, in 2013 following mass protests against him. Judges, policemen and senior officials have been targeted by radical Islamists angered by long prison sentences imposed on members of the now-outlawed Brotherhood. The attack, close to a government building in a middle class neighborhood of Cairo, was the latest in a series of security incidents in Egypt often claimed by radical Islamists.

People tried to help the victims in the aftermath of the blast The explosion happened at a checkpoint near the Great Pyramids

Egypt has suffered a rapid decline in tourist numbers in the last year after several major incidents. On October 31 last year a flight from the resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh to Russia crashed on route – killing everyone on board – and while the investigation is yet to be completed, the cause is widely thought to have been a bomb. All flights from the UK to Sharm-el-Sheikh were suspended – in a ban which is still in force today.

Then on May 19 this year EgyptAir Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappeared over the Mediterranean – and while the reason for the disappearance is also unknown, it’s also widely been blamed on terrorism.

Egyptian emergency services rush a wounded victim for treatment The bomb blast happened at Giza – not far from the capital of Cairo

The current Foreign Office advice to British travellers warns tourists to take care – but that security forces like the police are the biggest target.

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It states: “There is a high threat from terrorism in Egypt . Terrorists continue to plan and conduct attacks .

Further attacks are likely.

“Most terrorist attacks target the security forces, but it s likely that foreigners, including tourists, will also be targeted.

The attack stunned innocent bystanders The attacks is believed to have been aimed at the security forces

“Attacks could be indiscriminate and may occur without prior warning.

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“There have been threats to western nationals, institutions, and businesses posted on websites and social media.

“There is a threat of kidnapping, particularly in remote desert areas.”

References

  1. ^ Pyramids (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ policemen (www.mirror.co.uk)

Three arrested over breach of security at Doncaster airport

Three arrests have been made after a group of trespassers sneaked into Doncaster airport and climbed into the cockpit of a plane. Police were called in after a group, describing themselves as ‘urban climbers’, filmed themselves breaching airport security to get into the cockpit of a plane. The group got into an empty hangar to climb into the plane. Footage of the incident and photographs were shared online. Airport officials admitted the incident when the footage emerged. The authorities were informed and airport bosses stressed that the ‘safety and security of our passengers’ remained their ‘number one priority’. A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police have this morning arrested three men in relation to an incident at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

“The men, all aged 19, from Ilford, Rugby and Sheerness, have been arrested on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft.

“The men have been arrested in relation to a report of trespassing at the airport, made to police on Sunday, November 20.

“They remain in custody at this time being questioned by specialist officers.”

Hospital security team’s critical role

WHETHER it s escorting staff to their cars late at night, sorting out difficult situations or calming confused and agitated patients, the hospital s security team have a critical role to play.

In April 2015, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust decided to create an in-house full-time security department, having until then relied on contractors.

The team includes six others forming a cross section of different skills and experience: ex-police, government, health and safety and stewarding, says team leader Martin Plastow, who has 30 years experience in the security industry.

We provide security across a 24-hour shift rota and our role revolves around staff, patients and visitors being safe while being friendly, responsible and professional in our delivery.

We assist all staff across the site if they have a security concern it might be dealing with difficult patients, or escorting staff to their car late at night at the end of a shift.

We also keep an eye out for any form of criminal behaviour such as damage or theft .

The site includes the wards, outlying buildings, the grounds and car parks.

Each security guard is trained in conflict resolution.

We aim to prevent something before it happens, Martin says.

A department like A&E can be a hotspot at certain times of the week such as Friday and Saturday nights.

We deal with confused and agitated patients for whatever reason, it could be a detoxification from alcohol or drugs or assisting patients with dementia.

We are here to help staff and visitors alike .

For example, there was recently a vehicle collision on the roads on site we moved the visitors away from the scene, calmed them down and got them cups of tea.

We also help with parking issues in the car park if you have a flat battery or the car won t start, we are there to get you on your way.

One day is never the same each day has its own challenges, but you can go away with a sense of satisfaction having completed the day well.