Cairo police station set alight

The fire was most likely the result of a Molotov cocktail thrown inside the police station, a ministry source said.

Cairo police station set alight

World Bulletin / News Desk

A police station in the east of the Egyptian capital Cairo was set alight on Sunday in a suspected attack by a Molotov cocktail, according to a security source.

"The fire has gutted the police station," an Egyptian Interior Ministry source told Anadolu Agency.

The source said the fire was most likely the result of a Molotov cocktail thrown inside the police station.

He stopped short of saying how the cocktail was thrown inside the station or who did that.

Meanwhile, the "Students against Coup" movement, which backs ousted president Mohamed Morsi, said the police station "has been set ablaze during an attempt by the by policemen to attack a students' rally."

"Students had repeatedly warned against targeting them," the group wrote on its Facebook page.

"Our peacefulness can burn and we will not back down until we avenge our martyrs," it threatened.

The group advised policemen to "take to their heels whenever they see a students' march so as they would not fall into our hands."

The attack came one day after thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to mark the third anniversary of the January 25 revolution, which ended the autocracy of longstanding president Hosni Mubarka in early 2011.

According to the Health Ministry, at least 49 people were killed and 247 were injured in clashes between pro-democracy protesters and security forces on Saturday.

Last Mod: 26 Ocak 2014, 13:18
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