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Egypt roadside bus bomb wounds five, two other devices defused

Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters

The scene of a bomb blast that damaged a bus near the Al-Azhar University campus in Cairo's Nasr City district Thursday.

CAIRO – Five people were injured – one of them critically – when a roadside bomb hit a bus in Cairo's Nasr City district on Thursday, officials said.

The homemade device had been place near a bus stop and was detonated as passengers were getting off, a security source said.

A second bomb was found nearby and defused by an explosives ordnance team, the sourced added – and a third device was also being dealt with.

An explosion has hit a public bus in Cairo, wounding five people. Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

All three devices were in an area close to the King Fahd school complex.

Egypt’s military-backed interim government has vowed to fight "black terrorism" after Tuesday's deadly attack on a police compound in the city of Mansoura which killed 16 people and injured about 140.

It intensified its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday, formally listing the group as a terrorist organization.

The move gives the authorities the power to charge any member of the Brotherhood with belonging to a terrorist group, as well as anyone who finances the group or promotes it "verbally, or in writing."

The Brotherhood, which estimates its membership at up to a million people, was Egypt's best organized political force until this summer's crackdown. A political and social movement founded in 1928, it won five elections after the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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