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Suicide car bomb caused Mansoura blast: Interior ministry

Ministry of Interior says initial investigations indicate attack on Mansoura security directorate was caused by suicide car bomb

Ahram Online, Tuesday 24 Dec 2013
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Egyptians gather after a powerful explosion believed to be caused by a car bomb rocked a police headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Cairo north of Cairo early on Tuesday, Dec. 24. 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Initial findings indicate a suicide car bomb caused Tuesday’s blast in Mansoura, the interior ministry has said in a statement.

Body parts were found inside an exploded car near the site of the attack, the statement added.

A security sweep of the area has been taking place since early Tuesday morning to gather evidence and identify the perpetrators.

The attack in the Nile Delta city killed 15 people and injured 134. The head of the security directorate was among the injured.

The explosion ripped through the security directorate and damaged a number of police vehicles. Nearby buildings, including the city council building, a state-owned theatre and a bank were also damaged.

Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi vowed to hunt down the perpetrators, saying the attack aimed to obstruct the roadmap outlining a return to democracy following the outer of president Mohamed Morsi in July.

An army spokesman said the military would continue its crackdown on militant organisations that "toy with Egypt's national security and incite terror among citizens at this critical juncture."

Militant attacks against security targets, mostly in the Sinai Peninsula, have been on the rise since Morsi's ouster. There have been sporadic attacks in the capital and other provinces.

The military has killed and arrested a large number of alleged Islamist militants in a broad counterinsurgency operation in recent months.

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Khalid Muhammed, Professor of philosophy, Cairo
24-12-2013 08:45pm
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Suicide bombs are the weapon of the oppressed and the week
I sympathize with the victims and their families, but the armed forces and police are not innocent. They've murdered and maimed thousands of innocent Egyptians. What is the way out of this mess? Well. the answer is genuine political reconciliation with the participation and involvement of all Egyptians, especially the Islamists. A heavy-handed approach based on state terror will not take us anywhere. It will only make things worse and woese.
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Abu Saif
25-12-2013 08:36am
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RE.Suicide bombs are the weapon of the oppressed and the week
Allah's Messenger ( may Allah exalt his mention) said to us, "You will see after me,
Egyptian-Mohamed
24-12-2013 10:53pm
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Muslims dont need Islamists-the real oppressors
once the brotherhood started attacking police they lost their right to be considered Egyptian. It is a terrorists organisation that trashes the name of Islam. Suicide is haram and they out is to remove the brotherhood and the enemies of Egypt
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TH
24-12-2013 08:30pm
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Egyptians don't blow themselves up !
We are not the kind to believe in blowing ourselves up, for whatever cause ! The government needs to clam down on infiltrators. Close the tunnels. Secure the borders. Check ID cards. No more Al Qaeda from Syria, Iraq, Libya etc etc. They are NOT welcome . And please, get TOUGH. Stop putting people in jail, taking a long time to trial, then reduce sentences and let them go. Once apprehended, quick trial, if guilty, set the example and publicly execute. None of this "wishy washy" judicial.
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