CAIRO (AP) — Six people have been killed in a string of bombings in Egypt today, including a car bombing at Cairo's main security headquarters.
And 10 others have died in clashes that followed, as angry residents in several cities joined security forces battling supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president.
The violence is increasing fears of a spreading militant insurgency in retaliation for the military's July 3 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi and the subsequent crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.
The government calls the Brotherhood a terrorist group and blames it for a series of bombings and shootings in recent months. Thousands of its members have been arrested.
Today's violence comes a day before the third anniversary of the start of the uprising that ousted Egypt's longtime leader, Hosni Mubarak.
134-c-18-(Katarina Kratovac, AP correspondent)-"in that attack"-AP correspondent Katarina Kratovac reports a car bombing at the main police headquarters in Cairo was just the first attack of the day. (24 Jan 2014)
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039-c-11-(Katarina Kratovac (KRAHT-uh-vuhtz), AP correspondent)-"ruler Hosni Mubarak"-AP correspondent Katarina Kratovac reports Egypt's state media say a car bomb struck police headquarters in downtown Cairo. (24 Jan 2014)
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041-c-12-(Katarina Kratovac (KRAHT-uh-vuhtz), AP correspondent)-"their own protests"-AP correspondent Katarina Kratovac reports officials are concerned about the timing of the explosion, which came on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising. (24 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO AMR108: Egyptians shout anti-terrorism slogans as they demonstrate in front the site of a blast at the Egyptian police headquarters, at right, and the Museum of Islamic Art, at left, in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. A car bomb struck the main Egyptian police headquarters Friday in the heart of Cairo, killing several people in a hugely symbolic attack on the eve of the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) (24 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO AMR102: An Egyptian firefighter checks a crater made by a blast at the Egyptian police headquarters in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Three bombings hit high-profile areas around Cairo on Friday, including a suicide car bomber who struck the city's police headquarters, killing several people in the first major attack on the Egyptian capital as insurgents step up a campaign of violence following the ouster of the Islamist president. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) (24 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO CAI120: Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi damage an area on a street as they protest against the government in Cairo's Nasr City district, Egypt, Friday, Jan, 24, 2014. A string of bombings hit police around Cairo on Friday, including a car blast that ripped through the city's main police headquarters and wrecked a nearby museum of Islamic artifacts. Later in the day, anti-Islamist residents joined police in clashes with Brotherhood members holding their daily protests in multiple cities around the country. (AP Photos/El Shorouk newspaper, Sabry Khaled) EGYPT OUT (24 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO KH125: Egyptian security officers stand guard at the entrance of the Museum of Islamic Art after an explosion at the Egyptian police headquarters in downtown Cairo, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Egypt's antiquities minister says the car bombing that struck the main police headquarters in Cairo earlier in the day has caused major damage to the nearby Islamic art museum.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (24 Jan 2014)
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