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An Al Qaeda-inspired group claims responsibility for attacking cops since Friday. Two people died as Egyptians took to the streets to celebrate the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak

Cairo: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based Al Qaeda-inspired group has claimed responsibility for the series of bomb attacks targeting Egyptian police in Cairo since Friday, the group said in a statement yeterday.


Anti-government protesters run for cover from tear gas during clashes with police in Cairo. Pic/AFP

Late Friday, the group also warned Egyptians against holding any pro-military rallies on the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising yesterday that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

At least two people were killed during clashes between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and security forces in Upper Egypt's Menia governorate. Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets across the country Saturday to celebrate the third anniversary of the January 25 uprising that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak.

Meanwhile, the police fired tear gas and bird-shots to disperse several pro-Morsi marches led by the Muslim Brotherhood, currently banned by the interim government as a "terrorist organisation". Several Brotherhood supporters were injured and others were arrested.

In the statement, the jihadi group asked Egyptians to stay away from any police buildings. “Stay away from our unfaithful enemies’ headquarters and security premises,” said the statement.

A string of deadly explosions have killed six people and wounded nearly 100 others in Cairo since Friday.

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