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Large Bomb Explodes in Cairo, Wounding Six

Egyptian security officials said the blast occurred neat a national security building. There were no reports of deaths, but six were hurt.

Bomb Explodes in Cairo

Aug. 20, 201500:55

A large bomb exploded early Thursday near a national security building in the Shubra neighborhood of Cairo, wounding at least six people including at least one police officer, Egyptian security officials said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths from the explosion, which tore the facade off of the government building. For blocks around the blast site in the popular residential neighborhood, glass from blown-out windows could be seen on the street.

A man takes pictures after a bomb exploded early Thursday, Aug. 20 at local time near a national security building in the Shubra neighborhood of Cairo, wounding several people.Mohamed Madian / AP

A new anti-terrorism law was finalized this month amid a wave of attacks and killings this summer, including the assassination of Egypt's attorney general by a car bomb in Cairo.

The far-reaching new law sets a sweeping definition for who can face a harsh set of punishments, including journalists who don't toe the government line.

The new law adds provisions to protect security forces from prosecution, establishes stiffer prison sentences for terror-related offences, as well as heavy fines for those who publish "false news" and a special judicial circuit for terrorism cases.

The Cabinet approved the draft law last month, two days after a car bomb in an upscale Cairo neighborhood killed the country's prosecutor general, Hisham Barakat. On the day it was approved, Islamic militants launched a multi-pronged attack attempting to seize a northern Sinai town, hitting the military with suicide attacks and battling soldiers for hours.