Bombs uncovered on Egypt railway tracks

Three explosive devices found on railway tracks in southern Egypt after a bomb goes off in Al-Wasta, south of Cairo.

A bomb attack last week targeted a train in northern Cairo [File/Reuters]

A charred body has been found near a train station in southern Egypt after a bomb exploded, as police uncovered three unexploded devices planted on railway tracks in the region.

The blast took place on Saturday night in the town of Al-Wasta, in the province of Beni Suef, south of Cairo. The interior ministry said in a statement that the body probably belonged to the person who had planted the bomb.

The unexploded bombs were found on railway lines linking Cairo to the far southern city of Aswan, the ministry said.

Egypt has been hit by a wave of bombings and shootings since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Assailants have stepped up attacks targeting public transport, including a bomb last week on a train north of Cairo that killed two policemen and two passengers.

On Thursday, four people were hurt in a stampede at the capital’s Ramses station after a blast inside a compartment of a train that pulled in from the Nile Delta, security officials said. The blast was caused by a sound bomb, they said.

Source: AFP