• A member of the Egyptian security services stands guard at the site of an attack on a restaurant in the Agouza neighborhood of Cairo (AAP)
A Molotov cocktail, allegedly thrown by an employee of a Cairo restaurant, has killed 18 people, security officials have said.
4 Dec 2015 - 7:03 PM  UPDATED 5 Dec 2015 - 10:48 AM

A Molotov cocktail hurled at a Cairo restaurant killed 16 people and wounded two on Friday, Egyptian security officials said.

One of the officials said the attacker was an employee who had been fired from the restaurant in the Agouza area in the centre of the Egyptian capital.

Victims of the blast were burned to death or died from smoke inhalation in the establishment. The restaurant, also a nightclub, was located in a basement, offering no escape route, the officials said.

Islamist militants have claimed a number of bombing and shooting attacks in Egypt, mostly against members of the security forces since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests.

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