Many dead in nightclub attack in Cairo

People and investigators gather at the scene of a petrol bomb attack on a Cairo disco in the Agouza neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital's Giza district on December 4, 2015. At least 16 people were killed and two wounded in the early morning attack, police said. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

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

One of the officials said the two attackers were not permitted to the nightclub in the Agouza area in the centre of the Egyptian capital.

MENA, Egypt’s state-run news agency, quoted an unnamed security official as saying three men on a motorcycle threw Molotov cocktails into the club in the Agouza district early Friday and then fled.

It said the fire was quickly extinguished and security authorities are investigating the attack.

According to a security source, the attack followed a dispute between employees of the nightclub and a group of youths.

Many killings have taken place in Egypt in the last period since the military toppled the elected president Mohamed Morsi, including the killing of more than thousand in Rabaa square dismantling.