A bomb blast in central Cairo has left 12 people injured, Egypt’s official news agency reported, as a court sentenced seven Islamic militants to death over earlier terror attacks.
Mena quoted a senior security official as saying that the explosion was caused by a home-made bomb placed in a busy district near a court house and subway station.
The agency quoted health ministry official Mohammed Sultan as saying there were no fatalities but that 12 people were injured.
Egypt has witnessed a series of suicide bombings, assassinations and attacks over the past year after the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
Morsi’s ousting and a subsequent clampdown on his supporters sparked a wave of attacks by Islamic militants targeting mainly police and army.
Most of the attacks were carried by al-Qaida-inspired group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or Champions of Jerusalem, which is based in the northern region of Sinai peninsula where the Egyptian army has been carrying out a year-long aoffensive.
Earlier in the day, an Egyptian court sentenced seven convicted militants to death – all but one in absentia – over the killing of 25 soldiers last year.
The ruling focused on chief suspect Adel Ibrahim, also known as Adel Habarra, who is in custody and whom authorities said has been previously convicted in connection to bombings in the Red Sea resort of Taba in 2004, a claim his lawyers denied.