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article imageEgypt bombing injured twelve, a step ahead into bloody civil war

By Eko Armunanto     Jul 23, 2013 in World
Unknown assailants threw a bomb early Wednesday from a passing car in Mansoura, the capital of Dakhalia province, after a day of clashes between opponents and Islamist supporters of Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Mursi, killed nine people in Cairo.
At least 5 Egyptian police officers were among those injured, two security sources told Reuters. Muslim Brotherhood accuses the army of orchestrating a coup that has exposed deep political divisions in the Arab world's most populous and influential nation. The Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing at the Muslim Brotherhood which has been at odds with Egypt's leadership since the ouster of then President Mohamed Morsy, issued a state early Wednesday critical of the bombing.
"The Freedom and Justice Party condemns violence in all its forms including the bombing in Mansoura. Our agenda is peaceful and we do not accept any attacks," the party said in a statement.
Police officials exchanged gunfire with unidentified people inside a nearby abandoned building afterward. No further details were immediately available. Presidential spokesman Ahmad al-Muslimani released a statement calling the incident an act of terrorism.
"The Mansoura terrorist incident will not waver Egypt's resolve," he said. "Egypt has triumphed in the war against terrorism before and will win again today."
The violence is the latest to hit the volatile Middle Eastern nation in recent months, said CNN, which began with mass protests opposing Morsy and then took a turn when military leaders forced him out of power. Dozens have been reported killed and thousands injured since his ouster, some of them in confrontations with authorities and others in clashes with those on the other side of the political spectrum.
Running street battles that began before dawn on Tuesday were among the most intense since the crisis began on July 3. Security officials said the fighting turned deadly after masked gunmen appeared and started shooting at the Morsi supporters with live ammunition and birdshot. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information, had no word on the identity of the gunmen.
Previous attacks in Sinai and Suez Canal by unidentified militants after what the Brotherhood calls "military coup" had led to a state of "high alert" earlier this week declared by General Osama Askar, the Commander of the Third Field Army based in Suez.
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