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Nasr City explosions highly deplorable: MB spokeswoman

Five injuries; MOI claims another bomb had been defused

Egyptian security officials inspect the wreckage of a bus that was damaged by an explosion on 26 December 2013 in Cairo. (Photo by AFP)
Egyptian security officials inspect the wreckage of a bus that was damaged by an explosion on 26 December 2013 in Cairo. (Photo by AFP)

Muslim Brotherhood acting spokeswoman¬†Wafa‚Äôa¬†Al-Banna¬†said that the Muslim Brotherhood and Anti-Coup Alliance find the Nasr City explosions that happened Thursday morning to be “highly deplorable”; however, before fingers are¬†pointed and accusations made,¬†there must be proof.

Al-Banna¬†said that the Muslim Brotherhood would not commit such an act: ‚ÄúThe only¬†institution¬†benefiting¬†from the explosions¬†is the¬†government, due to their¬†tough position‚Ķ now¬†they are¬†attacking their own people.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúThe pro-Mubarak¬†regime is¬†fighting with¬†the¬†generals of the army¬†against the revolution. They tried forcing people into fighting but they couldn‚Äôt¬†do it, and now, they are committing these crimes, which makes us very angry because they are killing Egyptians,‚Ä̬†Al-Banna¬†added.

Spokesman for the free Egyptians party Shehab Wagih said that although there is no proof of a connection between the explosions and the Muslim Brotherhood, their rhetoric of inciting hate and violence towards the army and police is clear, which may prompt more extremist organisations to commit these acts.

‚ÄúThey should stop at once with these threats and incitements, and retract their position,‚ÄĚ said¬†Wagih.

Earlier on Thursday, a homemade explosive device detonated near the Al-Azhar university complex in Mostafa Al-Nahas Street, Nasr City.

In a statement, the Ministry of Interior said that around 9am, a homemade bomb was placed on the central pavement near the intersection between Youssef Abbas and Mostafa Al-Nahas streets.

‚ÄúThe¬†blast caused glass from a¬†public transportation bus¬†to be shattered,¬†which¬†resulted¬†in the injury of¬†five people¬†who¬†were transported to the hospital for¬†treatment‚Ķ¬†the Civil Protection Forces and Explosives Disposal Unit scanned the area and discovered¬†another explosive device¬†inside one of the billboards.¬†It was¬†equipped with a remote¬†control¬†and¬†was successfully deactivated,‚ÄĚthe statement read.

According to state run Al-Ahram, investigative authorities discovered that the bus, coincidentally, broke down directly above the bomb, which prompted passengers to get off, saving dozens of lives in the process.

The prosecution will head to the health insurance hospital and question the injured individuals.

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