Report: explosion in Cairo

Am hearing reports of a bomb going off in the medieval part of Cairo near Khan al-Khalili, a major tourist destination. Will update as more news is available.

Update: Al Jazeera reporting 11 deaths, three Egyptians, three Germans, one French, 16 wounded, one french dead these and others remain to be confirmed.

Update 2: Already activists are saying this is conveniently close to next month when the Emergency Law is to be discussed in parliament...

Update 3: Four dead (German and French), 12 wounded, various nationalities.

Update 4: Ignore previous early estimates, here is a news report from al-Jazeera.


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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.