BOMB attacks and rival protests Saturday marked the third anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak as nine people were killed in clashes in the deeply divided country.
Thousands of supporters of the military-backed government gathered in high-profile locations including Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square – the focal point of the 18-day popular revolt.
The people rallying waved Egyptian flags and banners showing army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whom many urged to run for president. But police dispersed anti-government protesters in Cairo and elsewhere.
Nine people were killed in clashes as thousands rallied to mark the anniversary, officials said.
At least 15 were injured as police dispersed the protests. Police used teargas and birdshot to scatter Morsi supporters and other anti-government activists.
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Earlier Saturday, two explosions hit Cairo as thousands joined demonstrations across the country. Later, a car bomb struck a police base in Suez, wounding at least nine people.
The blast occurred on a street next to the base, Gen Abdel Fattah Othman told the private ONTV television.
Security sources told Ahram Online that at least 300 people were arrested in Saturday’s protests.