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Egypt: Blast near intelligence HQ in Sharqiya injures 4

30th Dec 2013

CAIRO, (Xinhua): At least four soldiers were wounded in a huge car bomb explosion near the military intelligence headquarters in Egypt’s Sharqiya governorate, state TV reported Sunday.

The front walls of the building have been smashed, the report said, adding that the injured have been taken to the nearest hospital, and an explosion team has arrived at the scene to defuse possible other bombs.

Meanwhile, state-run Ahram website quoted a military source as saying that an explosive device planted in the backyard of the military compound in Belbeis district caused the blast.

No death was reported so far, but the TV said two of the injured are in serious conditions.

“Sunday’s blast had partially destroyed the back wall of the building,” army spokesman Ahmed Ali said, adding “the blast is the continuation of a series of coward terrorist operations committed by the black terrorism and the strife group against the Egyptian people, the military institution and the state’s vital objectives. ”

This is the second explosion in a few days hitting a security headquarters in Nile Delta cities. At least 16 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Daqahliya’s Mansoura city on Tuesday.

Following Tuesday’s attack, the government declared the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, as a terrorist organization, despite the Brotherhood’s condemnation against the accident. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based jihadist group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The army-installed government’s decision stirred violent protests on Friday that killed five people.

Editor: Yang Yi

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2013-12/29/c_133004923.htm

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