An explosive device went off at a police station near the security directorate in Mansoura, the capital of Daqahliya governorate in the Nile Delta, killing at least one and injuring 19 29 late on Tuesday. This is the second explosion to take place near a police station in Egypt in less than a week. Last Saturday, a bomb exploded in the parking area of Abu Soweir police station in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia.
Ahram(h/t MZ) According to a statement released by the Interior Ministry, 12 police cadets and conscripts had been injured. The Ministry of Health later stated the injury toll had reached 19, including civilians. Medical sources confirmed the deceased was a police conscript.
The explosion also damaged several police vehicles and smashed the police station’s windows, according to the Interior Ministry’s statement. Shortly after the blast, police fired tens of teargas at an abandoned building near the police station, suspecting that the assailants, who remain at large, were hiding inside.
Police personnel were heavily deployed in the area, assisted by checkpoints set up by civilians to prevent further attacks. Presidential media advisor Ahmed El-Muslimani described the incident as a “terrorist attack.” “The terrorist act in Mansoura will not soften our will. We have won the war against terrorism once, and we shall win [it] today,” he said.
Also last week, the Interior Ministry announced it had detected and defused a bomb planted below Gamaa Bridge near Cairo University. Meanwhile, police stations and units in Sinai have been repeatedly attacked by militants since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.
Since the ouster of Morsi on 3 July, Egypt has witnessed massive nationwide demonstrations staged by his supporters, who have been demanding his reinstatement. Amid frequent confrontations between Morsi’s supporters and opponents, there have been concerns that some of Morsi’s Islamist loyalists would escalate violence. Several Islamist groups were found guilty of acts of terrorism during the 1980s and 90s, including the ultra-conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, a staunch supporter of Morsi nowadays.
The Muslim Brotherhood (who created al-Qaeda), the group from which Morsi hails, has repeatedly said it would never resort to violence and would continue to peacefully call for the ousted president’s reinstatement. (HAH!)