Bomb in Egypt Nile Delta city wounds 13 police, 3 civilians

Cairo – Egypt’s Interior Ministry says 16 people, including 13 policemen, have been injured in a bomb blast near a police training facility in the Nile Delta north of Cairo.

The ministry says Saturday’s bomb was hidden in an abandoned motorbike and that all the injured were hospitalised.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing in the city of Tanta, but the attack bore the hallmarks of several shadowy groups authorities say are linked to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, was ousted in 2013 by then defense minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who was elected president a year later.

Egypt faces an increasingly emboldened insurgency by Islamic militants led by an affiliate of the Islamic State group in northern Sinai.


Bombs in Baghdad kill 35

Baghdad – Authorities in Iraq say a series of car bombs targeting commercial streets have killed at least 35 people in the capital, Baghdad.

Police say the first attack took place on Saturday night in Baghdad’s western district of Baiyaa, killing nine people and wounding 22.

Later on, police say five car bombs in different parts of Baghdad killed 26 people and wounded 40. Police say all the attacks happened in a one-hour period.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release details to journalists.

Violence in Iraq has spiked following a security crackdown on a Sunni protest camp last year. According to United Nations figures, 8 868 people were killed in Iraq in 2013.

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Bomb explodes in Northern Ireland hotel

Belfast – A Northern Ireland hotel was damaged in a bombing late on Thursday that politicians said was an attempt to drag the province back to its bloody past. No one was injured.

A device packed into a holdall bag started a fire after it was thrown into the reception of the luxury Everglades Hotel in Londonderry.

Staff managed to evacuate the hotel before the device exploded “undoubtedly preventing a tragedy”, police said.

The bomb exploded while bomb disposal experts were trying to defuse it.

It was the first attack in Northern Ireland since the bombing of a shopping mall in November and there was no immediate claim of responsibility or explanation of why the hotel was targeted.

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Musharraf Assassination Attempt: Bomb Explodes Near Former Pakistan Leader’s Convoy

ISLAMABAD — A bomb exploded near a convoy carrying former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf who is on trial for treason, but the former ruler was not harmed, a police official and his spokeswoman said Thursday.

Musharraf had survived multiple assassination attempts while he was in office. When he returned to the country last year, the Pakistani Taliban vowed to kill him.In the latest attack, Musharraf was traveling from the military hospital in Rawalpindi where he’s been treated since January to his house in the capital of Islamabad when the blast went off late Wednesday, said police official Mohammed Hayat.

Musharraf’s convoy had just crossed a bridge entering the capital when the bomb went off, Hayat said. He said the blast was caused by 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of explosives, adding that it was not clear whether it was a remote control or time device.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Musharraf’s spokeswoman, Aasia Ishaq, said the retired general was fine and reached his home safely but that it was up to the authorities to make sure nothing happens to him.

“All extremist and terrorist forces want to kill Musharraf,” said the spokeswoman. “If anything happens to Musharraf, the government will be responsible.”

Musharraf, 70, took power in a 1999 coup and served until 2008, when he was forced to step down as his popularity plummeted. He later went into self-imposed exile. Musharraf returned in March of last year to run in the elections — only to be disqualified and immediately face a number of legal challenges related to his time in office.

The most serious is a high treason case brought against him by the government that could result in the death penalty if he’s convicted. The case stems from his decision to suspend the constitution on Nov. 3, 2007, and detain a number of judges.

Musharraf was formally charged in the case on Monday. It was only his second appearance in the court proceedings which started in December. He missed multiple appearances due to security concerns and others after going to the hospital in early January after complaining of chest pains.

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