In bomb-hit city, Egyptians vent anger on Brotherhood

In bomb-hit city, Egyptians vent anger on Brotherhood

MANSOURA, Egypt - Angry Egyptians standing on piles of debris and shattered glass pointed the finger of blame at the Muslim Brotherhood after a car bomb ripped through Mansoura's police headquarters on Tuesday.

"The people want the execution of the Muslim Brotherhood," shouted the residents amid the wreckage of burnt-out cars and collapsed walls left by the pre-dawn blast, which peeled off a section of the building.

Fourteen people, most of them policemen, died in the attack and more than 100 were wounded.

At a nearby hospital, the floor of the emergency room was slick with blood as medics rushed in casualties.

Mostafa Hadi, a policemen who survived the attack, said the blast sent him flying through the air moments after he had left the safety of his armoured truck outside the headquarters.

"I heard a massive explosion behind me, I flew through glass and wreckage and then lost consciousness," he said from his stretcher, his head swathed in a bandages.

Egypt has been deeply polarised since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, with regular street clashes between his supporters and opponents.

The military-installed government that took office after his ouster has launched a crackdown on his supporters, mainly from the Brotherhood, that has left more than 1,000 people dead and thousands arrested.

And it was the Brotherhood that residents of Mansoura, a Nile Delta city north of Cairo, vented their anger at over Tuesday's attack.

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