One person was killed Thursday in a bombing outside a pizzeria in the Egyptian capital as other blasts hit a police station and offices of cell phone companies, a health official said.
The bomb tore off the legs of the victim who was pronounced dead in hospital, health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told AFP. Two other people were wounded. The restaurant was next to a branch of the Britain-based cell phone provider Vodafone.
Two other bombs targeted its offices in another neighborhood and a third bomb went off outside a branch of United Arab Emirates-owned Etisalat, damaging the store fronts but causing no casualties, interior ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif told AFP. The offices were closed at the time of the explosions.
Hours later, an explosion outside a police station in the north of the capital wounded a police conscript and three passersby, police officials said. It was not immediately clear why the cell phone companies were targeted, but Abdel Latif said authorities had been on the alert for attacks in the run-up to parliamentary elections next month.