An angry crowd gathered outside the bombed police headquarters chanting, “Death to the Muslim Brotherhood.” The Brotherhood denies involvement. And they may be telling the truth; however, they stand the most to gain at this point from the weakening of the government and the destabilization of Egyptian society.
“Cairo bomb attacks: Five killed and 70 wounded as explosions and gunfire target Egyptian police ,” from the Independent, January 24 (thanks to Kenneth):
Police in Egypt have been targeted in a devastating series of explosions this morning, including a suicide car bombing on the main security headquarters in Cairo.
In total at least five people have been killed, the majority of them police officers, and at least 70 wounded in three blasts across the capital.
The main car bomb attack caused extensive damage to the Cairo Security Directorate, the building which is home to both the police and state security and as such is one of the most heavily-guarded in the country.
Witnesses told state TV reporters that gunmen on motorcycles also opened fire on the building in the wake of the explosion at around 6.30am local time, while Reuters quoted sources saying three of those killed were members of the police.
Just hours later a second bomb attack targeted security vehicles at a metro station in the capital.
Egyptian state TV said one person was killed and 15 were injured when a person driving past the station threw a hand grenade in the direction of the police.
Shortly afterwards a third blast, also reportedly caused by a hand grenade, targeted a small police station in the Cairo suburbs around two miles from the famous Giza Pyramids. No one was killed.
Combined, the attacks mean a bloody start to the anniversary of the uprising which, three years ago, saw the dictator Hosni Mubarak removed from power.
The Muslim Brotherhood had previously announced plans to protest following Friday prayers across the country, in the latest demonstrations since the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was overthrown in July.
The front of several floors of the building were destroyed in the blast, which also caused damage to the nearby National Archives, Islamic Art Museum, and a court house.
The al-Qa’ida-inspired militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or the Champions of Jerusalem, has claimed responsibility for the police headquarters attack, BBC News reported.
Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim described it as a “vile terrorist act”, and it was also condemned by the Muslim Brotherhood who called for an investigation….