Mansoura 24th December 2013: At least 14 people were killed in a powerful car bomb explosion which took place at a police headquarters in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura at about 01:10 today. More than 100 people were injured in the explosion.
The explosion destroyed windows of neighboring buildings and its impact was felt about 20km away, according to media reports. Mansoura is a city of about 480,000 people. It is the capital of Dakahliya province in the Nile Delta region.
No one has claimed the responsibility for Tuesday’s attack. An interim government spokesman blamed the Muslim Brotherhood of carrying out the blast. Interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi described the attack as “an act of terrorism”.
Meanwhile Muslim Brotherhood condemned 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,” said Brotherhood statement as quoted by media reports.
The attacks comes just weeks before Egypt is to hold a referendum on a new constitution, billed by the military-backed government in the country as the first step towards democracy since the removal of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president in July.