Via Daily Mail
- Police officer was killed while trying to defuse device hidden in flower pot
- Three petrol station employees were injured in the attack by jihadists
- Shocking scene was filmed on mobile phones by a group of bystanders
- They recorded on mobile phones as bomb detonated in the officer’s hand
These shocking images show a group of bystanders filming a brave Egyptian police officer as he is killed while trying to defuse a bomb left outside a petrol station.
The video, taken on a mobile phone, shows at least three other men filming as the officer, dressed in protective gear, is blasted through the air after the device explodes in his hands.
And the callous filmmaker behind these pictures continues even after the debris has settled around the lifeless body of the officer – and passersby have rushed to his side.
Jihadists have claimed responsibility for the attack, which also left three employees of the Cairo petrol station wounded.
The group Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) claimed on Twitter that it had placed the device, saying it was targeting police officers at a nearby station.
In the video, the bomb disposal officer is seen edging towards the device, which is hidden in the base of a plant that is standing in a backpack.
The officer is thrown several feet into the air when the bomb explodes.
After the debris has settled, bystanders and other policemen rush to help the officer – but the cameraman keeps his phone on record.
The footage represents a recent shift in the way information has come out of conflict zones around the world, amid advances in technology and the increased used of social networking sites.
The recent Gaza atrocities were reported on a constant basis, not just by major media organisations, but by amateur locals who stopped to capture heart-rending images on their mobile phones.
Often, the footage would have been too horrific to be shown on television, but it still swept over the internet like wildfire.
Some say it indicates the shape of war to come, with those inflicting such atrocities unable to hide, as their actions are embedded in history.
But others say jt shows how desensitised the world has become to such shocking sights and that the stream of on-the-ground footage could belittle the horror being faced so many.
Policemen and soldiers have faced regular militant attacks since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
Hundreds have been killed in attacks claimed by jihadist groups in retaliation for a government crackdown targeting Morsi’s supporters.
Earlier today, two policemen were shot dead by gunmen in a pre-dawn attack while they were on patrol outside a Coptic church in the southern city of Minya, 135 miles south of Cairo.