Cairo blast wounds 10

2014-10-22 18:58
Egyptian riot policemen stand guard in front of Cairo university as the authorities have tightened security at 12 leading universities across the country. (Khaled, AFP)

Egyptian riot policemen stand guard in front of Cairo university as the authorities have tightened security at 12 leading universities across the country. (Khaled, AFP)

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Cairo - An explosion outside Cairo University wounded at least 10 people on Wednesday, among them police and civilians, security sources said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Islamist militants have carried out a series of attacks against police and soldiers, mainly in the remote but strategic Sinai region, since the army ousted president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year after mass protests against his rule.

Cairo University was a focal point for protests against the government that succeeded Morsi until authorities tightened security with the start of the new term this month.

Egypt has cracked down on the Brotherhood and declared it a terrorist organisation, but the group says it is peaceful.

Attacks in the capital are less common than in Sinai but when they do occur, they tend to prompt questions about the effectiveness of the government's efforts to end the bloodshed that has hit tourism, a pillar of the economy.

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