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    Man Trying to Blow Up US Embassy in Cairo Detained - Reports

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    The US embassy in Cairo is on alert after a man tried to blow it up with explosive devices.

    US citizens are advised to avoid the country's embassy in Cairo after an incident was reported nearby, on Simon Bolivar Street, the US embassy said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "US Citizens should/not come to the Embassy at this time," the embassy tweeted.  "We are aware of a reported incident on Simon Bolivar Street in Cairo."

    Security was boosted after an unidentified man reportedly tried to throw an explosive device on Tuesday outside the US embassy in Cairo. Later, the local security forces stated, as quoted by Reuters, that he was detained.

    The incident has disrupted public transportation near the area, the US embassy stated.

    The detainee has been identified as Abdall Ayman Abdel Samia, a 24-year-old extremist from the El Warak region in Cairo, who allegedly planned to carry out a hostile attack, a source in Egypt's national security office told reporters on Tuesday.

    The police have information that the detainee "professes the ideas of extremism and he planned to carry out some hostile act."

    He will be prosecuted in the nearest future, the source added.


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