Molotov Explosive Kills 16 at Cairo Restaurant

CAIRO (Reuters) -
An Egyptian forensic investivator checks inside the nightclub which was attacked in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. More than a dozen were killed and wounded, Egypt's state-run news agency reported. MENA quoted an unnamed security official as saying three men on a motorcycle threw Molotov cocktails into the club in the Agouza district and then fled. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
An Egyptian forensic investigator checks inside the restaurant which was attacked in Cairo, Egypt, Friday. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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 center of the Egyptian capital.

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

Islamist terrorists 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.