Bomb rocks Cairo security HQ on anniversary of revolution

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A huge explosion has torn through the centre of Cairo killing at least 4 people and injuring 76. As instability in Egypt worsens, the bombing early this morning came on the eve of the third anniversary of the original revolution in 2011 when millions flocked to Tahrir Square to demand the departure of Hosni Mubarak. The target of the bombing was a security headquarters

The explosion occurred shortly after 6.30am, not long after the closure of a nearby security checkpoint. Mahmoud Abdel Sattar, a 27-year-old sergeant on duty on the third floor of the building gave a witness account

"A big truck exploded outside the fence – it didn't get inside the security headquarters itself. After the explosion, a white private car with four passengers started shooting on the buildings as well."

There was gunfire between the two sides. Everyone started running and there were a lot of injuries."

The blast blew a 4 meter deep crater in the ground

Abdelrahman Mohsen, a furniture maker who rushed to the blast site to assist with casualties said

"I saw at least four bodies on the floor, and then we carried four more. There were a lot of police conscripts going inside and trying to find their friends, and there was masonry falling down on them in front of the building."

A second blast was reported to have gone off in the Dokki district.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the consensus, at least near the site seemed to be that it was the work of the Muslim Brotherhood. And yet if it does turn out to be their doing, perhaps people in Egypt should ask themselves what drove them to this kind of violence. When their democratically elected president, no matter what his shortcomings is removed from office by the military in what can only be described as a coup, and Brotherhood members fall victim to persecution, whose hands would the blood really be on?

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