Suicide bomber prematurely sets off bomb outside U.S. Embassy in Egypt

A man was arrested after the crude explosive device he was carrying detonated near the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Abdullah Ayman Abdel-Sameea, 24, was intercepted outside the concrete blast barriers that encircle the U.S. and nearby British embassies, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities are describing the incident as a botched explosive attack. The Interior Ministry said Abdel-Sameea embraced “extremist” ideology and had intended to use his backpack containing a bottle with flammable chemicals to carry out a hostile attack.

The U.S. Embassy said in a tweet that it was “aware of a reported incident” near the embassy and advised American citizens to avoid the area.

Video footage posted on social media shows police arresting Abdel-Sameea after the incident.

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