Bombing of Egypt police station kills one, injures 17

By REUTERS
July 24, 2013 04:49

Unknown assailants throw bomb from passing car in Mansoura; at least one person killed at a pro-Morsi march in Cairo.

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Republican Guards stand in line at a barricade blocking protesters supporting deposed Morsi.

egypt Republican Guards stand in line 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

CAIRO - A bomb exploded at a police station in a province north of Cairo early on Wednesday, killing one person and wounding 17 others, Health Ministry and security sources told Reuters.

Unknown assailants threw the bomb from a passing car in Mansoura, the capital of Dakhalia province, two security sources said. A Health Ministry statement, issued shortly after the explosion, said 12 people were injured.

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The bombing occurred after a day of clashes between opponents and Islamist supporters of Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, killed nine people in Cairo.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which propelled Morsi to power in the country's first democratic elections in 2012, accuses the army of orchestrating a coup that has exposed deep political divisions in the Arab world's most populous nation.

Supporters of Morsi, who has been held in an unknown location since the army deposed him on July 3 following mass protests calling for his removal from power, have vowed to stay in the streets until he is reinstated.

About 100 people have died in violence since the army deposed Morsi and replaced him with an interim administration led by Adli Mansour, the head of the constitutional court. New elections are expected to be held in about six months.

In the latest bout of violence in the capital, at least one Morsi supporter was killed on Wednesday in Cairo during a protest march, a security source and the Muslim Brotherhood said.

The Muslim Brotherhood said on its website that police in civilian clothes had opened fire using live ammunition early on Wednesday on marching Morsi supporters, killing two and injuring others.

A security source confirmed one Morsi supporter was killed.

The Muslim Brotherhood has accused the Ministry of Interior of using thugs in plain clothes to attack protesters, but security officials have denied this accusation.


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