One dead in Egypt clashes after explosions wound six policemen near Cairo

Published Friday, February 7, 2014

Updated at 4:25 pm: Clashes between police and Islamist protesters in several Egyptian cities killed at least one person on Friday, officials said.

The clashes occurred after two explosive devices detonated on Friday near a police station in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, wounding six policemen, the Interior Ministry and security sources said.

Police dispersed several protest marches that set off from mosques after noon prayers, security officials said.

One person was killed in the violence in Fayoum, a city south west of Cairo.

The interior ministry said two small bombs exploded near policemen stationed on a bridge near central Cairo. At least six were wounded in the attack, the health ministry said.

Police cordoned off the scene, where a lightly damaged police truck appeared to have borne the brunt of the blast.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts.

State television reported that the attack targeted a checkpoint set up to counter a scheduled protest by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Mursi, who had planned for rallies later on Friday.

Egypt has seen a wave of protests and violence since the military-backed government deposed Mursi last year amid mass protests against his rule.

Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to run for president and is widely expected to win by a landslide in an election due within six months.

A Sisi presidency would be opposed by Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, which the government has declared a terrorist group. It has launched a security crackdown against the movement, which rose to power after the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran leader Hosni Mubarak.

The Brotherhood denies any links to militants who have carried out attacks, including suicide bombings in Cairo and the killing of an Interior Ministry official.

(Reuters, AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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