|Egyptian police and bomb experts inspect the damaged North Giza court in Giza, Egypt, Jan. 14, 2014. An early morning explosion damaged the courthouse amid tight security to protect polling stations and voters. No one was reported injured in the blast. Egyptians started voting on a draft for the country's new constitution here on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Cui Xinyu)
CAIRO, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- A bomb exploded outside a court in Cairo on Tuesday morning, minutes before the referendum on Egypt's new draft constitution kicks off, state-run Al-Ahram news website reported.
The explosion damaged the front wall of the court and walls nearby, the report said, adding that several cars were burnt, but caused no casualties.
The scene was sealed off by a security cordon while bomb disposal experts searched for other planted bombs.
The military-backed interim government urged people to take part in the constitutional referendum that started on Tuesday as a prior step for the country's future roadmap following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in early July 2013.
A pro-Morsi alliance led by his Muslim Brotherhood group, which has been branded by the government as a "terrorist organization," announced to boycott the referendum.
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