Nevine El-Aref, writing for Ahram Online this morning, reports that –
The façade of the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo in central Cairo has been completely destroyed by a powerful car bomb that exploded outside the adjacent Cairo Security Directorate early on Friday morning. The blast of the bomb also destroyed the façade of the nearby Egyptian National Library and Archives building.
Ministry employees are working hard to secure the museum’s contents and to ensure that any damaged artefacts are removed for restoration. “Once we evacuate the whole museum, the building is to be subjected to restoration,” said Ibrahim. He described the incident as a “great loss” for Egypt and the world. The Museum of Islamic Art is home to an exceptional collection of rare woodwork and plaster artefacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textiles objects of all Islamic periods from all over the world. The museum is a two-storey building; the lower floor contains the exhibition halls displaying 2,500 artefacts in 25 galleries. The second floor and the basement are used for storage.