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article imageDeadly explosion in Egypt kills 14 people and injures 120

By Matthew Vickery     Dec 24, 2013 in Politics
Cairo - A deadly explosion in Egypt's Nile Delta has claimed the lives of at least 14 people, and has left over 120 others injured.
The explosion, caused by a powerful car bomb, targeted a police station in the city of Mansoura in the Nile Delta in the early hours of Tuesday morning. At least 14 people have been killed according to the Ministry of the Interior.
Al Jazeera correspondent, Mohamed Fahmy, described rescue workers frantically trying to pull people from the rubble amidst scenes of destruction:
The explosion was so strong that parts of the gate surrounding the directorate are demolished. Rescue teams are pulling people from under rubble.
Egypt has been in a state of turmoil since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi earlier this year, following mass protests held in the country as activists claimed Morsi was abusing his powers as President.
According to AlJazeera, a figure in the Egyptian interim government claimed that Morsi supporters, part of the Muslim Brotherhood group, had carried out the attack.
The Muslim Brotherhood denies such a claim however, and released the following statement on Tuesday shortly after the attack:
The Muslim Brotherhood considers this act as a direct attack on the unity of the Egyptian people and demands an enquiry forthwith so that the perpetrators of this crime may be brought to justice.
So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The number of fatalities is expected to rise in the following days.
Mourners carrying signs and Egyptian national flags stand in an unfinished building during a funeral...
Mourners carrying signs and Egyptian national flags stand in an unfinished building during a funeral service for policemen and people killed in a car bomb explosion, near Al Naser Mosque in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Mansoura in Dakahlyia province, on December 24, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Abd El Ghany
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