Police and soldiers clamped a tight security lid on sensitive sites in the capital and elsewhere Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the overthrow of Islamist President
Two people were reported to have been killed in the town of Kerdasa, a few miles outside Cairo, near the pyramids. They were suspected militants who were apparently preparing a homemade bomb that exploded prematurely, reports said.
Several other crude explosive devices went off or were defused in and around the capital and the coastal city of Alexandria, but no injuries or deaths were reported.
Supporters of Morsi had hoped to challenge security forces with a show of strength, calling on followers to take to the streets en masse. But the
The Interior Ministry said 157 protesters were arrested during clashes. An additional 39 who were already on the wanted list were also rounded up, it said in a statement.
Armored personnel carriers sealed off sites that included Tahrir Square, which was the center of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocratic leader
Access was also blocked to the scene of the worst violence aftter Morsi's ouster, Rabaa al Adawiya square, where hundreds were killed in mid-August last year when security forces broke up a pro-Morsi protest camp.