Multiple Explosions Hit Cairo On Eve Of Uprising Anniversary

At least four bombs exploded in Cairo on Friday in what security officials say were coordinated attacks to mark the upcoming anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolution.

1. Updated — 12:51 p.m. ET

2. At least six people were killed Friday in a wave of bomb attacks around Cairo.

Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters

This was the site of the bomb blast in downtown Cairo, which hit a security compound and nearby museum. Police said four people were killed when the bomb exploded at approximately 6:15 a.m., local time.

Within hours a second blast was reported in the Dokki neighborhood, killing one. Both blasts targeted security officers, raising concerns that an Islamist insurgency against the state is gathering pace. An explosion near a cinema on the road to the Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo also killed led to one fatality.

4. The timing of the attacks was largely symbolic, coming just days before the anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolution, which toppled the decades-long regime of Hosni Mubarak.

5. The blasts shook and damaged nearby buildings, including an Islamic museum where local authorities said several artifacts were damaged.

6. Around 10 a.m., a third, smaller blast was reported in the Talbeya neighborhood in Giza, a large district on the outskirts of Cairo.

Debris at site of Talbia explosion.

— Kristen Chick (@kristenchick)

7. Egypt’s health ministry called on people to go to local hospitals and donate blood. Mona El Sabawy, a teacher who lives in downtown Cairo, said she was “furious that terrorists are trying to tear Egypt apart.”

#Dokki Explosion injures RT @MohamedRady312: من تفجير الدقي

— Ana Mubasher (@Ana_Mubasher)

8. In front of some of the blast sites, people began to chant against the Muslim Brotherhood, although police said that a militant Islamist group from the Sinai was likely behind the blast.

extreme anger toward the Muslim Brotherhood in the crowd at the Cairo blast site. Everyone i overheard/talked to said MB behind the blast

— Kristen Chick (@kristenchick)

Impromptu sisi rally at the site of the car bomb chants "the people want the fall of the Brotherhood"

— David D. Kirkpatrick (@ddknyt)

11. The Brotherhood sent out a tweet holding the Egyptian government responsible for the ongoing attacks.

MB holds coup authorities responsible for deteriorating security for failure to investigate previous bombings & apprehend perpetrators

— Ikhwanweb (@Ikhwanweb)

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