Bombing at Cairo tram station injures at least one

Bombing at Cairo tram station injures at least one
Sat Mar 8, 2014 15:25:05

A blast, described as a suspected homemade bomb, has ripped through a tram station in the Egyptian capital of Cairo wounding at least one person, security officials said.

The Saturday explosion in eastern Cairo came as Egyptian authorities reported that yet another bomb was defused at the same station.

Since the US-backed Egyptian army ousted the nation’s first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi in July, militants in the country have stepped up attacks against the security forces, killing a number of soldiers and police officers.

Attacks against civilian targets in the country, however, have been rare.

In February, a bomb that struck a bus carrying tourists near the Taba border crossing in South Sinai killed three South Koreans.

The Al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack.
The group has also claimed responsibility for other high-profile attacks, including a car bombing at a police headquarters in Cairo and the shooting down of a military helicopter in the Sinai Peninsula.

The Sinai-based group claimed the attacks were in revenge for a deadly crackdown by the military-installed government forces on Morsi supporters.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Morsi, however, have fiercely denied any connection with terrorist attacks after being accused and labeled as a terrorist group by the country’s interim government that came to power following Morsi’s forced ouster.

More than 1,4000 people have been killed during the Egyptian military crackdown on pro-Morsi protesters, according to Amnesty International. Thousands more have been imprisoned.

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