|Investigators check the bus after a bomb attack outside a school compound in the Nasr city district in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, Dec. 26, 2013. At least five people were wounded in a bomb attack on bus outside a school compound in the Nasr city district, a day after the government declared the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist group," state TV reported Thursday. (Xinhua/Pan Chaoyue)
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CAIRO, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- An explosion hit a bus outside a school compound in Cairo's Nasr city district on Thursday, wounding at least five people, a day after the Egyptian government declared the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist group," state TV reported.
Initial report said the blast hit a public bus outside Malik Fahid Schools Complex near Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam's most prominent university, which witnessed regular protests staged by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Three homemade devices were found in a street where the school, Azhar University and a police station are located. The bus passing by touched off one of the bombs planted nearby the school, while the other two bombs, which were separately found near a billboard and the Nasr City Police Station, were defused, General Alaa Abdel Zaher, head of the Explosion Management Administration, told Xinhua.
The explosion shattered windows of the bus and the flying glass shards wounded five people, one of them suffered serious injury in his eyes, Abdel Zaher said, contending that the bombs mainly targeted the police station.
Security forces cordoned off the scene, and the injured were transferred to nearby hospital.
However, clashed later erupted between local residents and students of Azhar University, as the former gave vent to their anger on the students who raised four fingers, the signs of Rabbaa, which is a political gesture in support of the Rabbaa al-Adawiya Islamist sit-in that was dispersed in August by security forces in a crackdown which left hundreds of people dead, a Xinhua report at scene said.
The security forces sealed off Azhar University with barbered wires to prevent further clashes.
The bomb attack came two days after the deadly blast in the Nile Delta City of Mansoura that left 16 people dead and more than 100 injured.
Presidential Adviser Sekina Fouad said that the presidency has evidence of Brotherhood's involvement in the Nile Delta attack.
On Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Higher Education, Hossam Eissa, declared the Brotherhood organization, to which Morsi belongs, a "terrorist organization." The authorities decided on Thursday to halt the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party newspaper.
Gamal Zahran, a professor of political sciences at Port Said University said the government's decision to label the Brotherhood as terrorist group will "expand the cycle of terror" in Egypt.
As their assets have been frozen lately and many members have been arrested, the hardline Islamists will take revenge, the professor explained.
Tensions are running high in Egypt since the fall of Morsi in early July, with a string of bomb attacks taking place across the country. The Islamist militants based in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula were blamed for those attacks. The military then launched an offensive to crack down on them.
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