US Embassy in Cairo is lockdown after suicide bomber tried to blow himself

US Embassy in Cairo is lockdown after suicide bomber tried to blow himself

A would-be suicide bomber tried to blow himself up outside the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt but was stopped and arrested by police, it is claimed.

There were reports that a second bomb may have been intact nearby and the man was carrying a gun.

Security sources told Reuters that the man was detained after throwing an explosive device near the embassy.

The embassy is on lockdown and it has warned people to stay away from the area.

Pictures posted on Twitter show smoke outside the compound and a fire on the ground as people gather in the aftermath.

Adel El-Adawy, Executive Director of Egypt’s International Economic Forum, posted images on Twitter, writing: “Breaking: Witness says @USEmbassyCairo is on lockdown after a person reportedly attempted to detonate himself outside the premises.

“Police were able to quickly intervene and arrest the person. “Reports of an additional bomb supposedly near by.”

The US Embassy in Cairo warned: “We are aware of a reported incident on Simon Bolivar Street in Cairo. Please avoid the area and monitor local media for updates.

“We are aware of reports that public transportation near the area has been disrupted due to the incident. Please exercise caution.

“U.S. Citizens should/not come to the Embassy at this time.” No injuries were reported.