9 minor blasts hit Egypt on Morsi ouster 1-year mark

CAIRO – Egypt saw a string of limited explosions on Thursday, which marked the passage of one year since the ouster and subsequent imprisonment of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military.

One homemade explosive device went off around noon Thursday near a police station, while another was detonated in a train station in the coastal Alexandria province.

Neither blast left casualties, according to security sources.

At around the same time, another explosive device went off outside a police station in the northeastern Port Said province, according to security officials and eyewitnesses.

Another two explosive devices went off – outside a police station and in a public square – in Upper Egypt's Assiut province.

Earlier Thursday, two homemade bombs went off outside two different police stations in western Cairo.

A security official told Anadolu Agency that the two bombs that went off outside the Cairo police stations had been thrown by unknown assailants who fled the scene afterwards.

Moreover, a car bomb went off prematurely outside a military hospital in eastern Cairo, according to a statement by the Interior Ministry, adding that one of the bombers had been captured.

Meanwhile, one person was killed at dawn on Thursday in a building in the Kerdassa district west of Cairo.

"A terrorist was killed while making a bomb in a Kerdassa apartment," Interior Ministry spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif told AA.

On Thursday, Morsi supporters staged demonstrations in several parts of the country to mark one year since the elected Islamist leader was removed by the military following opposition protests against his single year in power.

One protester was reported dead in western Cairo's Haram district after security forces moved in to disperse protests, according to a source from the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc.

Thursday's protests come as part of a "day of rage" called for earlier by the pro-Morsi bloc to mark the first anniversary of Morsi's ouster.

Thursday's blasts were the latest in a string of deadly bomb attacks by unknown assailants.

The attacks, which usually target security personnel, have accompanied an ongoing crackdown on Morsi supporters by Egypt's army-backed government.

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who was declared the winner of May presidential polls, is widely seen as the architect of Morsi's ouster – and subsequent imprisonment – last summer.

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