Car bomb hits Egypt army intelligence building

Car bomb hits Egypt army intelligence building
Sat Oct 19, 2013 18:00:13

A car bomb has exploded near an army intelligence building in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, northeast of Egyptian capital. Four soldiers have been wounded.

The security sources said force of the blast caused the military intelligence compound's wall to collapse and a building nearby was damaged.

Ismailia borders the restive Sinai Peninsula, where the military is on the offensive against insurgents who frequently target Egypt's security forces and facilities.

Egypt’s eastern desert region has witnessed a spike in violence since the army’s ouster of former president, Mohamed Morsi, back in July.

Over 100 members of security forcers have been killed in different attacks since then.

Meanwhile, reports also say Egypt's army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has sought to meet with one of Morsi’s former top aides, Emad Abdel Ghafour. However, the latter has refused the meeting based on a decision by the anti-government National Coalition for the Defense of Legitimacy.

The development comes as demonstrations by supporters of Morsi against the military-backed interim government are still being held across Egypt despite the interim authorities’ efforts to widen crackdown on Morsi backers.

Pro-Morsi protesters gathered in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, and Suez on Friday afternoon, calling for the ousted president’s release and reinstatement.

Egypt's interim government has arrested more than 2,000 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the party’s leader, Mohamed Badie, who was detained on August 20.

Morsi has been held in an unknown location since his overthrow. He is due to stand trial on November 4 on charges of inciting violence.

Hundreds of supporters of the group have been killed in clashes with army over the past few months.


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