CAIRO, Sixteen people died Friday when bombs struck a Cairo restaurant in what Egypt’s Interior Ministry said was an attack apparently motivated by a labor disagreement and not terrorism.
The restaurant in the Agouza area, near Cairo’s city center, also housed a bar and nightclub in a building’s basement. Three masked men reportedly threw Molotov cocktails, or burning gasoline bottles, into the restaurant before fleeing.
“Initial information indicated that disagreements between workers at the night club and others caused … [the suspects] to throw Molotov cocktail at the … door,” the Facebook page of the Interior Ministry read.
The ministry added the dead included 11 men and five women, and that at least three others were injured. Thick smoke was observed billowing from the narrow front door of the restaurant.
The incident was first believed to an example of terrorism, since Cairo has experienced numerous attacks on civilians and security installations by Islamist insurgents since the fall of the President Mohammad Morsi regime in Egypt in 2013.An initial police investigation suggested the bombing was the result of an altercation between restaurant staff and visitors who were denied entry.
By Ed Adamczyk