Egyptian man's backpack ignites near US Embassy, arrested

Smoke rises after the device exploded and the would-be attacker was intercepted outside the concrete blast barriers that encircle the U.S. and nearby British embassies

Smoke rises after the device exploded and the would-be attacker was intercepted outside the concrete blast barriers that encircle the U.S. and nearby British embassies

CCTV footage posted on social media appeared to show the man crossing the street before falling to the ground under a puff of smoke.

There was a bottle filled with inflammable material inside the backpack, the source added.

Abdullah Ayman Abdel-Sameea, 24, had "embraced an extremist ideology" and meant to use flammable chemicals for a "hostile act", the Interior Ministry said.

The US Embassy, which was put on lockdown following the blast, confirmed on Twitter they were aware of a "reported incident" and warned people to stay away from the area for their own safety.

No-one was wounded in the explosion and no significant damage was caused, security and judicial sources said, without specifying the type of device involved.

An Egyptian man was arrested Tuesday outside the U.S. Embassy in Egypt after chemicals in his backpack caught fire, an episode authorities labeled a botched attack.

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Security forces arrested a man at the scene.

The US Embassy is next to the British Embassy, which is also heavily fortified.

The area has been cordoned off after the incident, and there is now a heavy presence in the area, with dozens of officers nearby. We are aware of reports that public transport near the area has been disrupted by the accident. The British Embassy is located across the road from the United States embassy building.

Hours after the incident, the embassy tweeted that it was open for business again.

It added that the incident occurred on Simon Bolivar Street, which is located just metres from the building.

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