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Cairo bomb attack as referendum gets under way
Published Tuesday 14/01/2014 (updated) 14/01/2014 17:31
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Egyptian soldiers stand guard outside a school that will be used as a
polling station on Jan. 13, 2014 in Cairo, as security forces are
deployed ahead of a referendum on a new constitution
(AFP/File Mohamed El-Shahed)
CAIRO (AFP) -- A bomb exploded outside a Cairo court on Tuesday just before polling stations were to open for a constitutional referendum boycotted by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, police said.

The small, improvised bomb damaged the facade of the court house but caused no injuries, a police general said.

It was the latest in a spate of such attacks since the military overthrew democratically elected president Morsi in July, and occurred as hundreds of thousands of soldiers and police deployed across the country to guard polling stations for the two-day vote.

More than 1,000 have been killed and more than 2,000 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.

The protest camps had been set up in opposition to the July 3 ouster by the Egyptian military, which overthrew democratically elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his leadership.

Since then, Muslim Brotherhood activists have held weekly demonstrations in protest against the coup, while the army has consolidated its grip on power.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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