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Five dead in Cairo

By on July 4, 2014

Five men died in Cairo in separate incidents involving a bomb blast and protester clashes with security forces on Thursday. Security sources said.

Security was tight in Cairo as armoured personnel carriers blocked off the city’s central Tahrir Square to head off any possible protests there.

Since Mursi’s ouster, his Muslim Brotherhood group was labelled a terrorist organisation and thousands of Islamists have been jailed on accusations of terrorism and violence while militant Islamists have stepped up attacks on security forces.

“On July 3, Egyptians will revolt, marking the beginning of the end of the coup, marching from all towns and cities across Egypt to liberty squares in all provinces,” an alliance of Mursi’s supporters said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, two men were killed in a bomb blast in a flat in Kerdasa, a western district of the capital where around 10 policemen were killed in an Islamist mob attack last summer.

Another explosive device detonated on Thursday in a car in the northeastern district of Abbassiya and three home-made bombs went off near police cars in the central district of Imbaba without causing injuries, the sources added. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the blasts.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt has declared a terrorist organisation, denies any link to the violence.

Amnesty International condemned Egypt’s human rights record in a statement on Thursday, saying torture, arbitrary arrests and detentions had increased since Mursi’s political demise.

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