Two civilians have died as a result of their injuries in Monday explosion in front of the High Court, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Health Hossam confirmed to Daily News Egypt Monday evening.
Abdel Ghaffar had denied in statements to Daily News Egypt any deaths until 5.30 pm, confirming 11 injuries. A video broadcast on social media showed two men lying on the floor soaked in blood.
A group named “Revolutionary punishment” claimed responsibility for an explosion that took place earlier on Monday in front of the High Court, located in downtown Cairo. According to social media accounts allegedly affiliated by the group, it aims at an armed fight against the current regime, especially police and military forces.
The area of the explosion was surrounded by a security cordon as military helicopters hovered above downtown Cairo districts. An explosive device had gone off in front of the court, where the metro station of Gamal Abdel Nasser is located.
Since the forcible dispersal of the pro-Morsi encampments on August 2013, a number of anti-government militant groups have claimed responsibility for attacks against police personnel, judges, public institutions, and security facilities. Most of the groups use social media to claim the attacks, posting videos of either assassination attempts or bombings.
“The Revolutionary Punishment,” is among the recent groups to publicly declare its activity was which claimed responsibility for some minor violence against police forces.