Explosions Rock Cairo, At least 5 Dead and Scores Injured

Huge car bomb and three smaller blasts throughout the day

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Khalil Hamra / AP

An Egyptian policeman stands guard after a car bomb attack at the Egyptian police headquarters in downtown Cairo, Jan. 24, 2014.

Update: 10:15 am Jan. 24

Cairo was rocked by a series of explosions on Friday, killing at least five people and leaving scores injured.

The first blast came as a booby-trapped car detonated close to the city’s police headquarters, and could be heard kilometers away. Egypt’s Health Ministry said four people were killed and 51 were injured. The blast was reportedly followed by gunfire.

A second explosion apparently targeted police vehicles close to a metro station in the city’s Dokki district. The Associated Press reported that one person was killed and eight wounded at that attack.

The third took place close to a police station in Talbia, but no one was injured. And the fourth, which went off near a movie theater, reportedly killed at least one person.

No one has claimed responsibility for the near-simultaneous attacks, which come a day after five policemen were shot dead by gunmen on motorcycles in Beni Suef province.

Several floors of the police headquarters, which should be one of the best-protected buildings in the city, were wrecked and charred after the strike, and the nearby Islamic Museum and National Archives were also damaged.

As Saturday marks the anniversary of the start of the uprising against then President Hosni Mobarak in 2011, security forces were already on heightened alert, BBC reports.

The banned Muslim Brotherhood is planning protests across the country after Friday prayers.

This story was updated to include reports of a fourth explosion

With reporting by Andrew Katz

[BBC, AP]

3 comments
Karl
Karl

It's a strange new world where English is used around the world and on-line magazines like Time are commented on by people from this new world community. Something gained and something lost, what's lost? People trading their own mother tongues so they can be heard globally in English, that's the worst and at the same time ironically the best, but also not so good is the spread of bad English grammar. Probably all inevitable. OK enough trolling and back to Egypt. What fools were behind this coup against the democratically elected government of Egypt? What world class fools outside of Egypt birthed this monster? the Saudis? the Israelis? Washington? London? We all know the Saudis had a hand in it for political reasons, a democratically elected Islamic government washes away the sand beneath the orthodox Sunni monarchy of the Saudis. Period. Anyone else along for the ride, who took advantage of those idiotically self-defeating demos against Morsi to push a coup should pay close attention to what you have wrought. You have harmed everyone, from the Copts, to the Egyptian people, to the Saudis, the Zionists and the West. You have strangled a peaceful democratic government and the bloody shambling result should teach everybody behind this to stay out of other peoples' business.

LplAlasel
LplAlasel

Why did not comment on the Amnesty International which released yesterday a statement which ttaterd the violation of the rights of opposition in Egypt and defending the community of terrorism!!!

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