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Egypt hit by 2nd explosion targeting police station, 1 dead

Post by DJKeefy » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:02 am

Egypt hit by second explosion targeting police station, one killed.

Explosive body goes off at police station in Nile Delta's Mansoura, killing one and injuring at least 19; Presidential spokesman describes incident as 'terrorist attack'.

An explosive body went off at a police station near the governorate security directorate in Mansoura, Egypt's Nile Delta Daqahliya province, killing at least one conscript and injuring 19 late on Tuesday.

A security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Ahram Online the explosion was "likely" to have been caused by a "bomb thrown at the police station."

According to a statement released by the Interior Ministry, 12 police cadets and conscripts had been injured. The Ministry of Health later stated the injury toll had reached 19, including civilians.

Medical sources confirmed the deceased was a police conscript.

The explosion has also damaged several police vehicles and smashed the police station's window panes, according to the Interior Ministry's statement.

Shortly after the blast, police forces fired tens of teargas canisters at an abandoned building near the police station, suspecting that the assailants, who remain at large, were hiding inside.

Police personnel were heavily deployed in the area, assisted by checkpoints set up by civilians to prevent further attacks.

Presidential media advisor Ahmed El-Muslimani, for his part, described the incident as a "terrorist attack."

"The terrorist act in Mansoura will not soften our will. We have won the war against terrorism once, and we shall win [it] today," he said.

This is the second explosion to take place near a police station in Egypt in less than a week.

Last Saturday, a bomb exploded in the parking area of Abu Soweir police station in the Canal city of Ismailia, destroying three police vehicles and injuring no one.

Also last week, the Interior Ministry announced it had detected and defused a bomb planted below Gamaa Bridge near the Cairo University.

Meanwhile, police stations and unites in Sinai have been repeatedly attacked by militants since the ouster of former elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Assailants have used heavy artillery while recurrently clashing with police and military forces in the turmoil-hit peninsula.

Morsi was toppled after one year in office as part of the armed forces' roadmap for Egypt's future, which was enforced after millions hit the streets across the country to call for his overthrow.

Since the ouster of Morsi on 3 July, Egypt has witnessed massive nationwide demonstrations staged by his supporters, who have been demanding his reinstatement.

Amid frequent confrontations between Morsi's supporters and proponents, there have been rife concerns that some of Morsi's Islamist loyalists would escalate violence.

Several Islamist groups were found guilty of acts of terrorism during the 1980s and 90s, including the ultra-conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya (a staunch supporter of Morsi nowadays).

At the time, security forces came down hard on Islamist groups, who in turn opted to abandon violence in the late 1990s. Later on, the 2011 revolution paved the way for many Islamists to launch political parties after long suffering oppression under Mubarak.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, has repeatedly said it would never resort to violence and would continue to peacefully call for the ousted president's reinstatement.

Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/77213.aspx


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Re: Egypt hit by 2nd explosion targeting police station, 1 d

Post by LovelyLadyLux » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:14 am

It is always tragic when factions resort to terrorism in attempts to get their own agenda advanced. I truly hope this cowardly way of 'terror' is not the start of new things to come as terror will really be the death knell for Egypt. I hope peace will prevail as Egypt finds its footing and sorts out its present political situation.

Terrorism is the lowest of the low and to intentionally plan and plot to harm not in a man to man face to face way but to sneak in unbeknownst to others and then employ tactics designed to create destruction, maim and kill innocents is reprehensible. Cowards who employ terrorism as a tactic are beneath contempt. The lowest of the low.

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Re: Egypt hit by 2nd explosion targeting police station, 1 d

Post by jewel » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:29 pm

Yes LLL try telling that to the present UK government!! :P

But seriously hope they get a lid on these events before they escalate into suicide bombings etc that really would be the death knell. :(
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Re: Egypt hit by 2nd explosion targeting police station, 1 d

Post by Hafiz » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:15 am

Terrorists used "heavy artillery". (para 16). Really!

The propaganda machine is gearing up on the terrorist angle and Sisi's recent speech contained the message that the brotherhood were terrorists. This may be true but there has been trouble in Sinai and around for several years and this has never, until now, been linked to elements within Egypt.

The finding of a bomb in central Cairo (in an area which has been the site of the brotherhood demonstrations in the past few weeks) is strange and prompts the question of who would benefit.

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