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Violence marks anniversary of Morsi ouster in Egypt

  • An Egyptian walks past old presidential campaign posters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Morsi's supporters had called for mass protests Thursday to mark the anniversary, which were likely to be met with a harsh response from the security forces. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    An Egyptian walks past old presidential campaign posters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Morsi's supporters had called for mass protests Thursday to mark the anniversary, which were likely to be met with a harsh response from the security forces. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • An Egyptian boy on a bicycle passes defaced presidential campaign posters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 3, 2014. A series of demonstrations and small bombings across much of Egypt marked the anniversary on Thursday of the ouster of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi, with authorities responding with the arrest of nearly 200 people as part of an ongoing crackdown against Islamists.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    An Egyptian boy on a bicycle passes defaced presidential campaign posters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 3, 2014. A series of demonstrations and small bombings across much of Egypt marked the anniversary on Thursday of the ouster of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi, with authorities responding with the arrest of nearly 200 people as part of an ongoing crackdown against Islamists.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Defaced presidential campaign posters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi are seen in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 3, 2014. A series of demonstrations and small bombings across much of Egypt marked the anniversary on Thursday of the ouster of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi, with authorities responding with the arrest of nearly 200 people as part of an ongoing crackdown against Islamists.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Defaced presidential campaign posters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi are seen in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 3, 2014. A series of demonstrations and small bombings across much of Egypt marked the anniversary on Thursday of the ouster of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi, with authorities responding with the arrest of nearly 200 people as part of an ongoing crackdown against Islamists.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • An Egyptian walks past old presidential campaign posters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Morsi's supporters had called for mass protests Thursday to mark the anniversary, which were likely to be met with a harsh response from the security forces. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
  • An Egyptian boy on a bicycle passes defaced presidential campaign posters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 3, 2014. A series of demonstrations and small bombings across much of Egypt marked the anniversary on Thursday of the ouster of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi, with authorities responding with the arrest of nearly 200 people as part of an ongoing crackdown against Islamists.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
  • Defaced presidential campaign posters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi are seen in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 3, 2014. A series of demonstrations and small bombings across much of Egypt marked the anniversary on Thursday of the ouster of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi, with authorities responding with the arrest of nearly 200 people as part of an ongoing crackdown against Islamists.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

A series of demonstrations and small bombings marked the anniversary yesterday of the ouster of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi, and authorities responded by arresting nearly 200 people as part of their crackdown against Islamists.

One of the bombs went off accidentally inside an apartment outside Cairo, killing two suspected militants who were handling the explosives, the Interior Ministry said. It said the men were in the apartment with two friends who fled after the blast in the Islamist stronghold of Kirdasah.

A security official said one Morsi supporter was killed during clashes between protesters and security forces in Cairo’s twin city Giza. Late yesterday, a homemade bomb went off on a train in Egypt’s second city, Alexandria, injuring five passengers, another official said. The bomb was placed in a suitcase under a chair – in a rare incident of directly targeting civilians.

A police officer was killed following violent clashes with protesters in Helwan, a district south of Cairo. The official said protesters in the area lobbed a firebomb at a deserted police station, and the force responded, setting off a firefight, in which the police officer was killed and two officers were injured. There were no immediate reports of casualties on the protesters side.

Morsi’s supporters had called for mass protests a year after he was toppled by the military and detained, but the number of demonstrators during the day was mostly in the hundreds, sometimes just dozens – evidence of the reluctance by Islamists to take on the security forces after a monthslong crackdown that has killed hundreds and jailed at least 22,000.

Yesterday’s demonstrations took place in Cairo, Alexandria, Assiut, the oasis province of Fayoum southwest of the capital and several other provinces.

Protests continued after nightfall, with skirmishes reported in the city of Suez, the southern city of Aswan and on the outskirts of Cairo.

Despite relatively small numbers, the protesters blocked some roads, lobbed firebombs at police force, and chanted slogans against the military and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the former military chief who ousted Morsi following mass protests demanding he step down.

In other violence reported by officials, three separate bombings damaged police stations but caused no casualties in Cairo’s densely populated Imbaba district.

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