Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Egypt: Update--Two Bomb Blasts in Cairo Injures Six, Including Two Police As Attacks Continue

According to AFP, two bomb blasts in Cairo wounded six people including at least two police officers.

The first attack, in the morning, blew the roof off a shelter manned by traffic police at a busy intersection in Al-Galaa Square in Cairo's Dokki district.

The second attack, occurred during the evening when a second IED detonated in western Cairo leaving three Egyptians injured, according to the Interior Ministry. A police vehicle was destroyed in the blast.

In the case of both detonations, it is unknown as to whether the IEDs were remotely detonated or thrown by hand. 

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The authorities installed by former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi quickly moved to repress Morsi supporters after his overthrow, and in an ensuing crackdown more than 1,400 people have been killed.

More than 15,000 Islamists, mostly from Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, have also been jailed, while hundreds have been sentenced to death after what are often speedy trials. 

Most recent attacks have been occurring in the Sinai Peninsula, yet in recent months brazen attacks have been launched in the Nile Delta and in Cairo.

Most attacks have been claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Al-Qaeda-inspired group that operates from the Sinai, which as was designated as a terror group by the US on April 9.

Egyptian authorities blame the Muslim Brotherhood for the attacks and have blacklisted the group as a "terrorist organization."