Egypt rivals condemn Cairo attacks

By Islam Mosaad, Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Egyptian government and the main support bloc of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday denounced a series of bombings outside Cairo University.

The Egyptian government and the main support bloc of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday denounced a series of bombings outside Cairo University.

CAIRO – The Egyptian government and the main support bloc of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday denounced a series of bombings outside Cairo University.

"This coward incident will not prevent the state from taking all measures to fight terrorism," the government said in a statement.

A senior police officer was killed and five others were injured when three explosive charges exploded outside the Cairo University.

There was no claim of responsibility for the bombings.

Amr Adel, a leading member of the Brotherhood-led National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, the main support bloc of Morsi, denounced the bombings, saying "such crimes cannot be tolerated."

He blamed the Interior Ministry for failing to protect police personnel and for focusing only on "targeting dissidents."

The Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which Morsi hails, condemned the attacks, saying that "political conflicts should not be used as a pretext to kill people".

In a statement, the movement called for launching an immediate investigation into the bombings to bring perpetrators to justice.

The Brotherhood, however, said it would not refrain from pursuing its peaceful struggle for achieving the objectives of the 2011 revolution, which ousted long-serving president Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian authorities have branded the Brotherhood as a "terrorist" group late last year following an attack on a security headquarters, though the movement has denied any involvement.

Egypt's Mufti, meanwhile, denounced the attacks, saying these attacks "aim at obstructing Egypt's cruise to safety".

"We must all be on alert in the days to come," the Mufti said in a statement. "We must join hands against terrorism."

Egypt has been dogged by instability since the army unseated Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president – last summer following massive protests against his presidency.

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