Four Explosions in Cairo

Multiple bomb attacks leave at least 11 people dead.
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This is a special group. Again that's -- New York with a CBC news digital special report chaos in Cairo for explosions rocked the Egyptian capital today on the eve. Of the third anniversary of the uprising that eventually led to the resignation of president -- -- At least eleven people are dead in total the -- attack striking in downtown Cairo. At police headquarters earlier this morning from one story number BC's -- mark -- Alex and the four explosions and Egypt today Egypt has been on edge obviously but the violence. Has been rare and now for attacks in one day. The Muslim Brotherhood -- that I responsibility so who are we expecting my responsibility for this. Well a group came out fairly quickly in the hours following that attack on the police headquarters which happened around 6:30 AM. As you mentioned in downtown -- the group that claimed responsibility. It's called -- based on -- -- which means champions of Jerusalem they didn't talk about the other attacks we don't know. Whether these four attacks are linked what we can certainly -- From the -- you mentioned the introduction as the day before. The third anniversary of the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Three years ago so it certainly times. Around that anniversary. But one thing that we have to mention is that there has been a huge uptake in violence. All across Egypt certainly. Over the course of last summer and into the fall. After the military deposed president Mohamed Morrissey. He was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood -- Islamist supporters have been. Infuriated. By the fact that he -- was deposed in what is what was a military coup. And there has been -- harsh crackdown. On his supporters since then hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members have been arrested many of their supporters hundreds of their supporters. Have been killed -- so we have seen. Islamist insurgents retaliating against government targets. Four the ouster of president more seat last July and -- We look at these pictures and we see the situation growing more intense especially with this eruption just happening today. The army in fact may have an iron grip on the levers of government but -- today is any indication the streets of Egypt. Clearly not secure. Well that's the message there are likely trying to send is despite the fact that you know this was arguably one of the most secure buildings. In Cairo -- the police headquarters of the headquarters -- that the national security services they're saying that we can strike. Really at the heart of of the security apparatus and many of the attacks that we've seen all across the country whether it's in the sign higher southern or northern. Egypt have been against these security targets against government. Security outposts and so that's the message there are certainly trying to send no matter how hard you crack down we can retaliate. Against your security. And this as we have mentioned happening on the eve of -- third year -- three year anniversary what is the state of Egypt today all this time. At this tahrir protests. Well it's deeply divided it's deeply polarized on one side you have. The supporters of Bob Duff Abdel Fatah policy see -- -- The general who's essentially holding those levels of power who is controlling this interim government he is the one who deposed president -- Morrissey. And so many of the people who we saw on top -- square. Three years ago have come out in support -- him because they want to return to stability they would don't want the Muslim Brotherhood. To be in charge at the same time. President Mohamed -- was elected any free and democratic election. There were no reports are no real there's no real evidence that that the fact that. Election with -- where there's so many of his supporters are infuriated. Millions of them. Bet a president who is democratically elected was -- and so following that ouster in July you've seen this massive crackdown on -- -- on supporters of Morse the and the Muslim Brotherhood you what you really have -- the country's. That is deeply divided -- right there in the middle there's some people who say. We don't want the military to be in charge and we don't want to Islam is to be in charge so it's a very difficult and dark and depressing situation -- these days. And yet just last week egyptians passed a new constitution and factor third. In his many years what was different about this one. Well essentially what it did -- it broadened some of the powers of the military broadened some to powers of the judiciary. But larger -- that the referendum wasn't just on the constitution -- being perceived. As a referendum on the military itself. And if passed -- 98. Point 1% of support just one point 9%. Of those who turned out said no. So many of the people who. Who wanted to vote no didn't turn out many boycotted. So what the military then turn around and said was this -- -- this is proof of of the people support. For what we're doing itself rather than just -- a referendum on a new constitution it was really -- today a referendum. On their support in the military which -- -- a Muslim Brotherhood government last year has been -- control. For a while now so when will the elections be held and -- their front runners that are emerging in these races. Will immediately after the deposed. President -- more -- put in an interim president and oddly -- -- he has put together -- cabinet but we all know that at the end of the day. It is really a man named general Abdel Fatah -- CC. Who is the puppets here the puppet master rather and so the biggest question -- these days is whether he himself. Will run for president he said he will if there if you have the support of the Egyptian people he has become wildly popular. In some quarters among millions. Of egyptians who really do hope that he does run -- Christmas this specific timing we don't know we have to have. A parliamentary elections as well as presidential elections it's unclear. Which will come first and it's unclear eventually who will run. Well and the army has taken a very hard stance against the Muslim Brotherhood cracking down on the group. -- blame for a bomb blast the city of months -- -- -- a couple of months ago in two weeks back that same kind of response in the coming days. Well essentially that crack down almost as hard as they can they've they've rounded up as I mentioned hundreds of of members of the Muslim Brotherhood including the very top Echelon the Muslim Brotherhood as it stands now in Egypt is deep deep deep underground many people up. Have gotten out in those who were a communicating from the Muslim Brotherhood -- many of them are doing so. From outside of Egypt you have president remorse he whose own but -- he's standing trial not just for one trial but he's got four different trials. He's being held up in a prison in. In Alexandria on the on the Mediterranean coast so if it's hard to imagine them being of the crackdown any farther they really have. The crackdown as far as they can they've labeled. They they not only him and said -- the Muslim Brotherhood is an outlawed organization confiscated their process but -- named him a terrorist organization as well. And give it did give those kinds of labels. And an almost as this idea that they're hiding in plain sight is the Muslim Brotherhood had any kind of power in the country at this point. Not right now noted that they're lying extremely low they have power. In terms of they still have support of millions of egyptians in the streets you're still seeing people and you will see people tomorrow. On this anniversary of the revolution going out and protesting showing their support for president -- -- -- but certainly as an added as an organization. They've been decapitated they've been scattered and -- deep deep deep underground and answer right now they don't really have. Much of a structure. In Egypt and -- for more see lesson before -- you go Alex what does that -- Egyptian government plan to do with him as he's facing trial. Well as I mentioned he's in jail up in Alexandria many of his more famous co dependence that top layer of the Muslim Brotherhood are being held in in Cairo's famous Tora prison. We've seen more -- actually once since he was arrested last July. You -- or call he was captain an undisclosed location for several months. And then the charges were brought against him the first set of charges were for inciting violence and murder in a protest over a year ago. We saw him in a cage in in India and Egypt courtroom earlier this year. There are sorry at the end of last year. And and he was defiant he stood up along with his co defendants from the Muslim Brotherhood saying. I am the legitimate president -- this this trial is a legitimate and I should. I should be back in the Presidential Palace so it's clear from the fact that it's not just a one trial but the four trials. That the Egyptian government has has no intention of letting him go free anytime soon. That that of course superseding the backdrop of those four explosions and those eleven people killed ABC's -- -- court in Beirut -- thank you for that. Of course a complete recap right here on For non -- that's our New York with -- CBC news digital special report.

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