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Explosion Kills 13 at Egyptian Police Building

Egyptian authorites say a powerful car bomb blast has hit a police headquarters in Egypt's Nile Delta region, killing at least 13 people and wounding 130 others.

Officials say most of the victims of the blast in Mansour were police officers.

The interim government blamed the attack on the Muslim Brotherhood, classifying the group of former president Mohamed Morsi as a terrorist organization. Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi vowed that those responsible "will not escape justice."

The Brotherhood issued a statement condemning the attack. It also also accused the prime minister of using "inflammatory statements designed to create further violence, chaos and instability."

Egyptian Information Minister Mohamed Ibrahim visited the blast site and said the attack was an attempt to affect 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."





The Muslim Brotherhood has been the subject of a crackdown since Egypt's military ousted Mr. Morsi in July.

Security forces have arrested much of the Brotherhood's top leadership, including Mr. 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.

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