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Car bomb rocks Egypt police base

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-12-12

At least 35 Egyptian police were injured on Thursday after a car bomb exploded near their base in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia. Militant attacks on the police and army have surged in Egypt since the ouster of ex-president Mohammed Morsi in July.

A car bomb exploded near an Egyptian police base in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia Thursday, wounding at least 35 police officers.

Intense gunfire followed the bombing, a security official said, while witnesses reported several ambulances rushing to the scene.

It was not clear if the attack was the work of a suicide bomber.

Militant attacks on the police and the army have sharply increased in Egypt since the army ousted former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July. Many of these have taken place in Ismailia and the surrounding areas in the Sinai Peninsula.

Last month, a suicide car bombing killed at least ten Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula in one of the deadliest attacks there since Morsi’s removal.

State authority collapsed in northern Sinai, which borders Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip after former president Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011, allowing an array of hardline Islamist groups to expand into a security vacuum.

Insecurity worsened after Morsi was ousted, and militant attacks spread to Cairo and other cities following a fierce crackdown by the army-installed government on the Muslim Brotherhood in which hundreds were killed and thousands jailed.

Around 200 police and soldiers have also been killed to date, according to an army official.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

Date created : 2013-12-12

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