AFRICA Police chief dies in Cairo bombings
A police brigadier-general was killed when three bombs went off near Cairo university, Egyptian state media say.
At least five other people were injured in the attacks, the authorities say.
The first two bombs went off within minutes of each other, with the third coming about two hours later.
Egypt has witnessed several attacks against government targets by militant groups following the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood last July.
The government says militants have killed almost 500 people since last summer, most of them policemen and soldiers.
There have been fears of an increase in violence in the run-up to the presidential election in May, correspondents report.
The latest explosions happened outside near a riot police post outside the main gate of the university’s faculty of engineering.
Officials said police had been the targets of the blasts, which were reported to have been caused by improvised explosive devices.
State TV named the officer as Tariq al-Mirjawi, the head of Giza’s investigation department.
“I was waiting for the bus when I heard two explosions. There was dust in the air and policemen were screaming” an eyewitness told AFP.
The third explosion took place as journalists and emergency workers attended the scene, but was reportedly much smaller than the first two and caused no casualties.
The BBC in Cairo says the area around the university has become a battleground for clashes between police and student supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood in recent weeks. The military-backed interim government outlawed the movement at the end of last year, declaring it a terrorist organisation.
It accuses the movement of supporting attacks against the police and army - a claim the Brotherhood strongly denies. Over 650 Nigerians have benefitted from the Assisted Voluntary Return Programme (AVRP) of International Organization for Migration (IOM) since its inception in 2002.
The IOM programme assistant Ojoma Ali made this known while delivering a lecture at a workshop organized for training of journalists on migration communication.
She said the programme is for Nigerians in the Diaspora who volunteered to return to Nigeria and start a new life.
“IOM assisted them right from the country they are coming from to get necessary papers, travel plans and receiving them in Nigeria. These people also gets between 500 Euros to $7000 (N1.147m) grant which are usually received in kind,” Ali said.
She added that the IOM does the training in collaboration with the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and helps in securing accommodation and places for businesses for a start up to avoid mismanagement of the fund.
IOM also monitored their businesses and release their fund in installments over a period of 12 months, helped in the registration of business name with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as well as counseling among other things.
The fund, according to Ali, is given out based on the returnees’ situation and conditions. “Some came back with kids that needed to be sent to school and we also handled that. The basic thing is that all the assistance are rendered in kind and not cash,” she said.
ECOWAS President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo (right) decorating General Usman Abdulkadir (middle) with the ECOWAS Medal of Honour for his services as the Force Commander of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) from January-July 2013, in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, recently.
By Romoke W. Ahmad
Smoke is seen rising shortly after the first two bombs struck.