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Blast in Egypt on uprising anniversary

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 01:19

Jan. 25 - A bomb explodes near a police academy in Cairo, a day after a wave of deadly attacks sparks fears of a strengthening insurgency. Michaela Cabrera reports.

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A bomb explodes near a police academy in Cairo on Saturday (January 25), as Egyptians prepare to celebrate the third anniversary of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak. One person was wounded. The blast follows a wave of deadly bomb attacks on Friday (January 24) that targeted police. They raise fears that an Islamist insurgency is gaining momentum. An al-Qaeda inspired group has claimed responsibility for Friday's bombings. Since President Mohammed Mursi was toppled by the army last July, militants based in the Sinai have intensified their activities, killing hundreds of troops. Tahrir Square was sealed off on Saturday. Police and army were deployed heavily around Cairo, anticipating more violence. Supporters of army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have begun to gather. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SISI SUPPORTER, AHMED ASKAR, SAYING: "We want a strong regime in Egypt. We want a strong police. We want security. We want the country to be revitalised and to have economic projects and we want the country to function." Rival political factions are expected to mark the anniversary of Mubarak's downfall.

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Blast in Egypt on uprising anniversary

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 01:19

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