Powerful explosion rocks Egyptian city killing 14, injuring dozens
Published Tuesday 24/12/2013 (updated) 24/12/2013 12:28
(AFP/File Cris Bouroncle)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- A powerful explosion rocked the police headquarters in the northern Egyptian city of Mansoura after midnight on Monday, killing 14 and injuring more than a hundred people including security officers and civilians.
Egyptian security sources said the explosion targeting the police station of Daqahliya district in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura was caused by a car bomb.
The six-story building of the police station collapsed as a result of the explosion, security sources added.
Sources highlighted that several buildings surrounding the police station were also damaged by the explosion, which "rocked the whole city."
Initial investigations suggest that a car packed with explosives was parked near Daqahliya police station and was detonated remotely. Large numbers of Egyptian fire fighters and rescue teams continued to evacuate victims from under the wreckage into the morning.
Chief of Daqahliya security services Sami al-Mihi and the chief of the investigation department were injured in the attack, according to the sources.
Those wounded in the attack were evacuated to hospitals in Mansoura and the nearby city of Talkha. Egyptian security services urged citizens in Daqahliya district to head to hospitals to donate blood.
Explosion experts believe that at least two tons of explosives were used in the attack.
Sherif Shawki, a spokesman of Egypt's prime minister Hazem Beblawi, accused the Muslim Brotherhood of the attack.
He was quoted by Egypt's Middle East News Agency as saying the group showed its "ugly face as a terrorist organization shedding blood and messing with Egypt's security."
Egypt has been rocked by instability since a military coup overthrew President Mohamed Morsi in July. More than 1,000 have been killed and thousands detained across Egypt in the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since Aug. 14, when police forcibly dispersed two protest camps in Cairo's Rabia al-Adawiya Square.
Since then, Muslim Brotherhood activists have held weekly demonstrations in protest against the coup, while the army has consolidated its grip on power and violently repressed protests against its rule.
At the same time, Wahhabi militant groups have stepped up a violent campaign of attacks against the government, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula.