Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) listens to the swearing in of Major General Abbas Kamel, newly appointed chief of the country's General Intelligence Service at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, June 28, 2018.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) listens to the swearing in of Major General Abbas Kamel, newly appointed chief of the country's General Intelligence Service at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, June 28, 2018.

CAIRO, EGYPT - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is urging the nation to back his government's efforts to defeat militants, saying it's the mission of every Egyptian.
 
Wednesday's appeal came after a car packed with explosives detonated earlier this week outside Egypt's main cancer hospital in Cairo, killing at least 20 people. It was the deadliest in the Egyptian capital in over two years.

Police guard the wreckage of a car in front of the National Cancer Institute in Cairo, Egypt, after an explosion that happened when a vehicle drove the wrong way and hit several other cars. (H. Elrasam for VOA)
Egyptian President: Car Crash Explosion a 'Terrorist Incident'
The impact set off a bomb, killing at least 20, injuring dozens

El-Sissi said in a televised speech that it's "not only the mission of the state to defeat (militants),  but also, we as a society have to make our sons understand, enlighten and protect them against this" extremist ideology.
 
The government has accused a militant group known as Hasm, linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, for Sunday's attack, saying it was moving the car to carry out an attack elsewhere.


In statement published by a terror monitoring group, Hasm denied it carried out the attack.

 

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