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Bomb Blast Kills at Least 15 in Egyptian Police Building

A man walks near debris after an explosion near a security building in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Mansoura in Dakahlyia province, about 120 km (75 miles) northeast of Cairo, Dec. 24, 2013.
A man walks near debris after an explosion near a security building in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Mansoura in Dakahlyia province, about 120 km (75 miles) northeast of Cairo, Dec. 24, 2013.
VOA News
A powerful bomb has ripped through a police headquarters in Egypt's Nile Delta region, killing at least 15 people and wounding 130 others.

Officials say at least 12 of the blast victims in the city of Mansoura were police, and suspect the weapon was a car bomb.

The attack is one of the deadliest against Egyptian security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

The interim government suggested the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the attack, calling the group a terrorist organization. Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi vowed that those responsible "will not escape justice."

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The Brotherhood issued a statement condemning the attack.  It also accused the prime minister of using "inflammatory statements designed to create further violence, chaos and instability."
 
In Washington, the U.S. State Department issued a statement condemning the attack "in the strongest possible terms" and extending condolences to the families of the victims.
 
In Mansoura, witnesses said rampaging crowds torched buildings and shops thought to belong to Brotherhood supporters.  Others burned an empty tourist bus, saying they earlier witnessed one of its passengers flashing a pro-Islamist hand gesture.
 
Egyptian Information Minister Mohamed Ibrahim visited the blast site and said the attack was an attempt to derail the country's constitutional referendum set to take place next month.

"Just yesterday we arrested four activists who have confessed to some of these incidents, and they are now aware that we are taking measures against them.  And all of these incidents are an attempt to create a diversion and to terrorize people because of the referendum.  But I want to reassure people entirely that there is a plan in place in cooperation with the armed forces to protect all of the election centers at the highest level.  And, God willing, the day will pass peacefully," said Ibrahim.
 
The Muslim Brotherhood has been the subject of a crackdown since Egypt's military ousted Morsi in July.
 
Security forces have arrested much of the Brotherhood's top leadership, including Morsi, and clashed with those demonstrating against the interim government.  More than 1,000 people, mostly Islamists, have been killed in the fighting.
 
Islamist militants have been blamed for a number of attacks against Egyptian security forces in the past few months, particularly in the Sinai region east of where Tuesday's blast took place.

  • A man makes his way through rubble at the scene of an explosion at a police headquarters building in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, Egypt, Dec. 24, 2013.
  • Egyptian police stand guard at the scene of a powerful explosion at a police headquarters building in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, Egypt, Dec. 24, 2013.
  • People gather after an explosion at a police headquarters building in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, Egypt, Dec. 24, 2013.
  • People gather at the scene of an explosion at a police headquarters building in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, Egypt, Dec. 24, 2013.
  • Dr. Maha Rabat, Minister of Health and Population, speaks to an injured man receiving medical treatment at a hospital after an explosion outside the police headquarters in Mansoura, Dec. 24, 2013.

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by: Shabhat Islam from: Egypt
December 24, 2013 10:27 AM
hey Obama... is this your Dee Mook Rassy? fool, the Muslim Brotherhood that you support is Al Qaeda, it is Hamas, it is a terrorist organization. incompetent fool... now Arabs are all over Europe... soon soon you will see what they will do there too...


by: Humran from: Yemen
December 24, 2013 8:17 AM
This is bad news what happened for those people, Arab nation still beyond the train ,people in most the world working ,investment and producing but in Arab world that is disaster

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