Violence flares in Egypt with train bombing
A pair of train bombings in the Cairo metropolitan area led to four fatalities and a string of serious injuries in the first week of November. The Associated Press reported that the blasts were set off on a passenger train north of Egypt's capital city, a more serious blast that resulted in the four deaths, and on a commuter train in the suburbs of Cairo. Reports of a person injured by an explosive device near a rarely used government facility in the city were also documented by the AP. The attacks haven't been definitively associated with any person or group, but suspicions abound related to extremist Islamist militant groups that are opposed to the rule of current Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, an independent and former military leader who was instrumental in taking power from Mohammed Morsi, the country's former president.
The AP said Egyptian officials have grown accustomed to militants engaging in acts of violence in parts of the country such as the Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt bridges the gap between the African and Asian continents and where the Suez Canal plays a prominent role in commerce. The unrest in what is considered an economically important area of the country has increased since Morsi was ousted from power and incidents have occurred in the capital as well as other parts of the country. Reuters cited Egyptian government statistics showing more than 500 deaths since the fighting began in 2013, with police and soldiers being many of the victims.
The encroachment of terrorist activity on major business centers such as Cairo threatens to harm civilians and those visiting the city for both pleasure and business. The potential for violence so soon after the forced departure of Morsi and the events of the Arab Spring may threaten Cairo's position as a center of business in the region.
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