March 11, 2014
Egypt: Car bomb kills 14 at police compound
A car bomb exploded at a police compound in Egypt's Nile Delta today, killing 14 people, including at least 12 policemen, in one of the deadliest attacks since the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July.
Security officials said the overnight blast in the city of Mansoura, north of Cairo, had also wounded more than 130 people.
The army-backed government vowed to fight "black terrorism", saying the attack would not upset a political transition plan whose next step is a January referendum on a new constitution.
"We heard a loud noise and I found blood all over my body," one wounded man told state television, speaking from a hospital bed with his head wrapped in bandages.
"We all ran downstairs to find our colleagues on the ground in blood."
The attack prompted a cabinet statement declaring Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation, though officials did not directly accuse the group of staging the attack.
The Brotherhood, which is already outlawed, condemned the bombing as "an attack on the unity of the Egyptian people".
The blast underlined the risk of militancy moving to the densely populated Nile Valley from the Sinai Peninsula, where attacks have killed some 200 soldiers and police since July.
"We face an enemy that has no religion or nation," Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, the survivor of an assassination attempt in Cairo in September, said at the scene of the blast.
The army said a car bomb had been used, while the presidency said such attacks "only increase the state's determination to uproot terrorism". Police "combat units" would deploy across the country with orders to use live ammunition, state TV reported.