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American stabbed at embassy in Cairo

CAIRO — An assailant stabbed an American man on Thursday while they were standing outside the US Embassy, security officials said.

The area around the embassy has been the site of anti-American incidents and violence, but stabbing attacks are uncommon despite political unrest that has roiled Egypt since the 2011 uprising.

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There were differing accounts of the attack.

An Egyptian official said the assailant, who was wielding a knife, attacked the American as he stood outside the embassy building, situated in the central Cairo neighborhood of Garden City.

The state-run daily Al Ahram said the victim, Christopher Stone, told prosecutors at a hospital that the attacker asked him his nationality and when he learned he was American, pulled the knife and stabbed him.

Egypt’s official news agency MENA reported that security authorities believe a brawl broke out between the American and the attacker.

The embassy was once heavily fortified, but security measures have been relaxed despite street protests during the past two years in nearby Tahrir Square, the focal point of the uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak.

The attacker was arrested and questioned by police, according to the security official.

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