Following the bus explosion in Cairo, US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with his Egyptian counterparts about the violence that exists within the country: “There is a need for a political process that will include all parties in Egypt.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry Photo Credit: AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke last night with his Egyptian counter-part, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, about the upsurge of terrorism within the country.  Kerry condemned the terrorist attack that took place in Cairo yesterday, where five people were injured, one of them critically.  According to a report in Al Ahram, during the time of the blast, Egyptian security forces dismantled another bomb that was found.  

 During their conversation, US Secretary of State expressed concern about the fact that the Egyptian authorities have designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.  Furthermore, according to the White House announcement, the two agreed that there is a need for a political process in Egypt that includes all of the country’s political parties and will lead to stability within the country.  He stated, “Egyptian citizens are entitled to peace.”

 15 people were slaughtered in a car explosion in Al Mansoura

 Egyptians this past year have suffered from a wave of violence, due to the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood organization refuses to surrender power to the new regime.   As a result of these attacks, the Muslim Brotherhood has been declared to be a terrorist organization within the country, after waging a series of terror attacks.  

 Aside from yesterday’s bus explosion, earlier in the week, a car bomb exploded at the entrance to the police headquarters in Al Mansoura, leading to the slaughter of 15 people.   Egyptian medical sources reported that over 100 people were injured.

 “It is still unclear who is behind the blast but the explosion was so strong that it led to part of the building collapsing,” an Egyptian security source stated.  The intensity of the blast was felt up to 20 kilometers from the police station.  Residents reported that the windows of their homes were smashed as a result of the explosion.