July 24, 2005

Explosion seriously injures man in Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) - A man was seriously injured in an
explosion in a southwestern suburb of Cairo on Sunday.

Police sources said he was carrying a primitive nail bomb
but a senior official said he was a junk dealer who had
unwittingly brought home an old explosive device.

"This is a guy collecting old stuff and this exploded while
he was working on it. He is in hospital and not accused of
anything. He's not even under police supervision," said the
official, who asked not to be named.

The police sources said earlier that the explosion took
place in the entrance to the man's apartment building. They
named him as Sami Gamal Ahmed, 33, who works at Qasr el-Ainy
hospital in central Cairo.

Ahmed was in a critical condition, with nails embedded in
his body. There were no other casualties and little damage to
the building, the sources said.

They said there was no link with the three big explosions
that killed up to 88 people at hotels and shopping areas in the
Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday.