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Egypt Islamist suspects killed by own bomb, teen shot

  • An Egyptian security forces member directs others during clashes against supporters of ousted President Mohammad Morsi in Cairo's Suez Bridge district, Egypt July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammad Abu Zaid)

CAIRO: Four suspected Egyptian Islamists were killed preparing explosives Friday, and a teenager was shot dead in clashes between Muslim Brotherhood protesters and police, security officials said.

The blast in a village in the rural Fayoum province came hours after nine people were wounded when a small bomb went off in a train in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

In Cairo, a 15-year-old died of birdshot wounds during clashes between Islamist protesters and police in the poor neighborhood of Matariya, a day after two people including a policemen were killed in violence.

Islamists staged protests Thursday and Friday to mark the first anniversary of the military ousting President Mohammad Morsi. 

They later unleashed a brutal crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood movement.

The small protests were quickly quashed by police. At least 1,400 people, mostly Islamists, have been killed in street clashes since now-detained Morsi’s overthrow.

Militants have since July 3 last year carried out dozens of bombing and shooting attacks that have left scores of policemen and army soldiers dead.

But Friday’s blast, on a chicken farm owned by senior Brotherhood member Ahmad Arafa Abdel-Qadir, drew further police accusations of Brotherhood involvement in militancy.

An interior ministry statement said police found electrical circuits and chemicals used to make explosives at the scene of the explosion.

Two of those killed in the early morning blast were Brotherhood members, it said.

The other two corpses were too badly mutilated by the explosion to identify immediately, and it was not clear whether Abdel-Qadir was among them.

The Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice party, identified the dead as “supporters” and said the explosion happened after someone hurled a bomb at them, blaming police.

Despite the Brotherhood saying it is committed to peaceful protest, there have been indications that some members have been involved in attacks on security forces during the crackdown.

Most of the attacks on security forces since Morsi’s overthrow have been in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

The deadliest have been claimed by militant groups ideologically similar to Al-Qaeda, and which have no proven links to the Brotherhood. 

 
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Summary

Four suspected Egyptian Islamists were killed preparing explosives Friday, and a teenager was shot dead in clashes between Muslim Brotherhood protesters and police, security officials said.

In Cairo, a 15-year-old died of birdshot wounds during clashes between Islamist protesters and police in the poor neighborhood of Matariya, a day after two people including a policemen were killed in violence.

The small protests were quickly quashed by police.

Two of those killed in the early morning blast were Brotherhood members, it said.


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