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15 dead, 134 injured in Egypt's Mansoura explosion
Explosion rocks the Nile Delta city of Mansoura early on Tuesday, damaging the security directorate of Daqahliya governorate; Egypt's PM vows to hunt down perpetrators
Ahram Online, Tuesday 24 Dec 2013
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People look at the damage 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 December 24, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Deadly bombings hit the Daqahliya Security Directorate in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

The blast killed 15 and injured 134 in what appears to be the worst terrorist attack on a government site since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July.

Nine policemen, two civilian and three unidentified individuals were among the dead, Egypt's Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The explosion ripped through the building's side façade and damaged a number of police vehicles and parts of adjacent buildings which include the city's council building, a state-owned theatre and a bank.

The head of Mansoura's Security Directorate was among the injured.

Al-Ahram Arabic's correspondent in Mansoura said streets in the city of 500,000 residents became calmer after sunrise as thousands of citizens helping with rescue operations returned home once victims of the blast were transferred to area hospitals.

Thousands of citizens heeded official calls to donate blood in area hospitals.

However, doctors began turning away potential donors as blood banks acquired large quantities of blood.

The wreckage of an armoured police car could be seen nearby, while at least 10 civilian cars were damaged and a nearby building completely collapsed, said an AFP correspondent at the scene.

Furious reactions, denials

Angry residents of the area vented their fury on Morsi's Brotherhood movement."The Muslim Brotherhood is an international terrorist organisation. They are responsible for what happened in Mansoura," Hamada Arafat, a schoolteacher, told AFP.

"They are now adopting tactics like Al-Qaeda."

Prosecutors and officials say the Brotherhood has links with Islamist militants who have stepped up attacks on security forces across Egypt especially in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

"This is a more sophisticated attack than previous ones. It could be a sign of things to come... the insurgency in Sinai is becoming emboldened and extending attacks outside the Sinai," said Shadi Hamid, research director at the Brookings Doha Centre.

Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, who visited victims of the blast in a Mansoura hospital, said the deadly attack came in retaliation to the violent dispersal by security forces of two Islamist protest camps in Cairo in August.

Ibrahim blamed the attack on the Muslim Brotherhood, saying the group sought to exact revenge from security forces, after two main Islamist protest camps were dispersed mid-August.

The Muslim Brotherhood was quick to deny any connection to the attack.

"The Muslim Brotherhood considers this act as a direct attack on the unity of the Egyptian people and demands an enquiry forthwith so that the perpetrators of this crime may be brought to justice," an emailed statement from the group's London press office read.

The pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy has also condemned what it labeled a "criminal incident" that aims to provoke strife, asserting its peacefulness and denouncing all forms of bloodshed, reported the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party on its website.

Cause of blasts

Al-Ahram’s Arabic website quoted on Tuesday morning an anonymous security source as saying that two bombs had gone off almost simultaneously.

The first bomb, he said, was planted in a higher floor in the building, the second in a car next to the Security Directorate.

A third bomb planted in another car was defused, the source added.

However, Ministry of Interior statements have not specified the sources of the blasts.

A high-profile Ministry of Interior security source told MENA on Tuesday afternoon that primary information indicates a truck containing explosive materials was used in the blast.

The security source said a massive amount of high explosives was used in the incident, pointing out that experts are still examining the site of the blast to determine whether the vehicle had been remotely detonated or exploded through a timer.

Cabinet reactions

Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi vowed to hunt down the perpetrators of the explosion. He said the attack seeks to obstruct the roadmap drawn up by the country’s interim rulers following Morsi's July ouster by the army amid nationwide mass protests against his rule.

"This is an act of terrorism that aims at frightening the people and obstructing the roadmap. The black hands behind this act want to destroy the future of our country," Beblawi told Egyptian satellite channel ONTV.

"The state will do its utmost to pursue the criminals who executed, planned and supported this attack," he asserted.

Beblawi refused to confirm that Egypt had designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, contradicting an earlier statement by one of his aides.

Cabinet Spokesman Sherif Shawqi had earlier blamed the blast on the Muslim Brotherhood group of ousted Islamist president Morsi, and said Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi had officially declared the group a terrorist organisation.

“Whoever is behind this act is a terrorist and will be brought to justice and punished according to the law. But I do not wish to anticipate events," Beblawi added.

The final stages of Egypt's roadmap will begin when a referendum on the newly-drafted constitution, scheduled for mid-January, takes place. It will be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.

5 turbulent months

A substantial number of bombings have been executed across Egypt since the ouster of Islamist president Morsi.

On 24 July, an explosive device detonated at a police station near the Security Directorate in Mansoura, killing at least one conscript and injuring 19.

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim survived an assassination attempt on 5 September when a bomb exploded near his convoy in northeast Cairo.

However, most bomb attacks since Morsi's overthrow have occurred in the Sinai region, which borders Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

Approximately 200 soldiers have been killed in Sinai since July.

Numerous police stations and churches were also attacked across the country in the immediate aftermath of the forced dispersal of two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on 14 August , which left hundreds dead.

Over 100 policemen have been killed in confrontations with militants in various parts of the country since then.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, an Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamist militant group, has claimed responsibility for some of the attacks, including the attempt to assassinate the interior minister.

The militant group has warned the country's military and police, urging troops to desert their ranks or face death at the hands of its fighters.

The group said in a statement on militant websites Monday it considers Egyptian troops to be infidels because they answer to a "secular government." 



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Allen
26-12-2013 12:05am
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BROTHERHOOD EXPOSING ITSELF.
Every time you utter the Mansoura bombing was the result of the Egyptian guverments policy the Muslin brotherhood terrorists are exposing themselves. IN EFFECT WHAT THE MB IS SAYING. If we dont like a given guvernment policy we will resort to violence and kill indiscriminately Egyptians. These are the so called peaceful people, that hide behind religion to justify their ignorance, and bigotry.
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expat
25-12-2013 09:11pm
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my condolences
it seems,over all the poltic idiotic issues nobody did think one minute to grant the dead the minimum respect as egyptians or humans i for one want to grate them my deep felt condolences to their families,as all other issue(for sure f.e the totally failed "revolution" are secondary,when a mother whines about her son/daughter even in your special part of the world
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sabr
25-12-2013 12:37pm
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Who are responsible of killing thousand protesters
This coup regime fails to keep security in Egypt and easily point MB just after the blast. Without any evidence. This is nonsense that MB will do such bomb. Who did this should be responsible, and also the regime should be responsible of killing thousands protester.
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George Michael
25-12-2013 12:25am
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Al Ahram English is on the side of the terroeists
something must be done about you in Al Aharam English edition, you are on the side of the MB, and it is obvious, you select opinions on their side and withheld responses against them, and every once and a while you allow an opinion against them just to cover up your bias. The Egyptian people are not stupid as you think
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Amaar
25-12-2013 12:05pm
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Back to square one
Actually they are. Don't you see how they have gone straight back to sqare one? They have a military dictatorship, their citizens are afraid and there is no freedom of speech.
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Tammy
24-12-2013 11:23pm
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MB TERRORISM, PLAIN & SIMPLE!!
Everyone in Egypt knows who was behind this..the mb terrorists & or their allies...Now is the time when Military Trials are necessary..When radicals like the mb commit terroristic crimes against the Security & Military forces who are given the job of protecting the country they are commiting crimes against their own country & countrymen & THEY ARE NOT JUST CIVILIANS ANY LONGER!! They are ENEMIES OF THE STATE!! Hunt them down, root them out & execute them. They are not citizens, they are not civilians THEY ARE TERRORISTS, PLAIN & SIMPLE..the only thing they are after is the total destruction of the state system & its laws.. Prison is too good for them & why should the country & the people of Egypt have to pay to keep them in prison & fed & clothed when they deserve nothing less than death.
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very etc
25-12-2013 09:54am
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Complacent attitude or a consiparacy!!!
Agree again. Detentions are followed by a blackhole!!! No news, no trials and no justice!!! What is behind this complacent attitude???
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Ali
24-12-2013 03:41pm
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Another Inside Job
Illegal Arab regimes always resort to what they know best! Bomb their own citizen and then blame it on their enemies to regain declining sympathy. But I must warn this type ploy might backfire because commiting inside job like this might disturb the hornet's nest. Islamist have been very tolerant and patient up to this day and have not initiated a civil war and this attack by junta might provoke them to turn egytp into syria.
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George Michael
24-12-2013 10:54pm
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Disgrace and adding insult to injury
DO you have any shred of evidence to what you just said? or doyou just want to support the terrorists? you are as guilty as they are. and Let me tell you something, those who did this and those How SUPPORT them like you will get what they deserve, the Egyptian people are good people but they not stupid, and rest assured heads will fall very soon not only in Egypt but in GAZA too
George Michael
24-12-2013 10:50pm
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Disgrace and adding insult to injury
Ali,
Masr
24-12-2013 06:55pm
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Blind followers of the terrorists are just as responsible
Ali and the rest of the followes of the MB are just as accountable as these terrorists. Terrorist apologist are no better than the cowards that hide behind our great religion and soil it with thier ignorant self serving views. Thier is no conspiracy here . The MB and thier followers have resorted to murder and violence in response to the egyptian people's choice of removing them from power.Shame on them and the ignorant people who still make excuses for them
George
24-12-2013 06:12pm
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I think Ali's theory is perfectly plausible.
This is the work of the Sisi gang
Caroline smith
24-12-2013 04:28pm
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another crazy conspiracy theory
...please spare everyone from insane conspiracy theories. what you propose is ludicrous
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bknot1
24-12-2013 03:00pm
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COWARDS THEY ARE!!!
Anyone killing or injuring civilian or any human beings by an act of terrow (blowing up innocent peope) is a coward. They should be found and executed, not held in prison. How can you blame the regime for this groups actions. If that the case Egypt will collapes and whoever tries to do something positive for this Country will fail. Terrorist acts does not honor human rights or value, it is a act of cowardly people that only wants destruction and death. No cause what so ever. Worthless..
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Farhan
25-12-2013 02:30am
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So when is Sisi going to be executed ? He has killed thousands of innocents
Its time that Egypt get rid of all the violent people who want to control country by force , because violence will always generate more violence.
Khalid
24-12-2013 03:43pm
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So sad
Killing human being by an act or terror is wrong and killing human being by fire arms,guns and bullets is right..??? and you still call your self a human being..????? Killing a human being by terror/terrist or by State terrorism,police or paid thugs all is wrong an sin.You people will destroy the Egypt if you condemn killing human being by your opponant and appreciate the killing of human beings by your supporter.Why Egyptian become su cold blooded ? The don't feel any shame commenting such shit..?
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Any Ordinary Egyptian
24-12-2013 02:01pm
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For God Sake
Violence creats more violence, you will reap whatever you sow, this is a universal truth and reality and the history of Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan tells this reality. But those who are in power neither learn lessens from history nor see the reality. They only realize and understand the reality when things get out of control. It’s not too late, the regime must immediately stop the path of repression, aggression and injustices. The regime only can be blamed for this terrorist activities .If you deviate from the ballot path, you do not recognize or honour human rights and value,you judiciary fail to provide unbiased justice, then blood is spilled and country lead to path of destruction. No one will be winner in the bloody path, and only Egyptians will be at the losing end .Please for God sake do justice with your own people and refrain to take the path of destruction.
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Zaman khan
24-12-2013 11:56am
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Result of policy
Sisi and egent priminister are full responsible .they want divide egypt and egyptian .this is policy result
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medo
24-12-2013 03:52pm
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R.I.P
All these people that blame the Government and sisi..... you are just as bad as the MB who did this... THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR TERRORISM.... and anyone who thinks there is needs to look deep inside their black heart!
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Allen
24-12-2013 11:30am
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Muslim brotherhood written all over it.
Round them up and give them the death penalty. No more prison time for terrorists.
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Jorgen
24-12-2013 09:20pm
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What happened in Mansoura is a terrible tragedy. The persons who did this crime should be punished according to the law. The point that I am making is that until an investigation is completed, you cannot make accusations. That is what civilization democratic nations do. If Egypt wants to join the ranks of democratic nations, it means stating that people are innocent until proven guilty in court before a jury of their peers. At least that is what we do in democratic society
Allen
24-12-2013 08:06pm
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Who would write Scandinavia as it's title at a time like this
No one but a Muslim brotherhood member desperately trying to mislead that there i s universal appeal for the Muslim brotherhood . Then bingo bringing up nazi Germany. We have exposed your ilk way to often " Jorgen".
Jorgen
24-12-2013 03:55pm
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Call people guilty before the investigation begins. Stalin and Himmler would be proud of you.

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