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At least five injured in Cairo bombings
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Egypt99(31).jpgFour small bomb blasts wounded at least five people in Cairo during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, security sources said, the first such casualties in the capital since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became president this month.
 
According to Reuters, explosions hit Ghamra metro station in central Cairo, Shubra El-Kheyma, a northern district of Greater Cairo, and a station in Quba in northern Cairo, security sources said. Three people were wounded at Shubra and one person at Ghamra, but their injuries were not life-threatening, the sources said.
 
One person was wounded when a bomb attached to a car exploded near a Cairo court house and another explosive device was found at a fourth metro station in northern Cairo, the sources said.
 
Egypt has seen a wave of violence, mainly attacks by Islamist militants based in the Sinai peninsula on security forces, since the army ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July following mass protests against him.
 
Sinai-based militant groups have previously claimed bomb attacks in Cairo. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday's attacks.
 

U.S. to withhold military aid
 
Meanwhile, U.S. congressional leaders are considering withholding more than $1 billion in military support to Cairo after Egyptian courts delivered mass death sentences to opposition figures and lengthy jail terms for journalists.
 
Egypt's judiciary has handed out mass death sentences to Islamists in recent months and on Monday jailed journalists from Al Jazeera television, accusing them of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, drawing international condemnation.
 
Following a week of harsh court decisions that attracted international scorn, Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the U.S. Senate subcommittee that supervises foreign aid, advised that additional funding should be withheld until Cairo authorities prove their commitment to upholding human rights, RT reported. 
 
"Withholding military aid to the Egyptian regime has let its leaders know that repressive actions and abuses of human rights and the rule of law are deeply concerning to the American people, and to many in Congress," Leahy said in a statement ruing Cairo's "descent toward despotism." 
 
Ever since it agreed to a peace treaty with Israel back in 1979, Cairo has been the beneficiary of around $1.3 billion annually in military aid, in addition to $200 million in economic and democracy-building support. 
 

Sisi arrives in Algiers on first state visit
 
In another development, Sisi arrived in Algiers Wednesday for his first trip abroad since being elected in May, official media reported.
 
The ex-army chief was welcomed on arrival by Algerian premier Abdelmalek Sellal and Senate speaker Abdelkader Bensalah, and was due to meet President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose chronic health problems have severely limited his movements, AFP reported. 
 
The leaders of the two North African nations will focus on ways of "promoting the brotherly relations and cooperation that exist between the two countries and on issues linked to the situation in the Arab world and Africa," the APS news agency said.
 
Algeria and Egypt both neighbor Libya, which has been gripped by deadly violence since the NATO-backed ouster of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
 
Algeria called for a "peaceful transition" in Egypt after Islamist president Mohammad Morsi was ousted by Sisi, then head of the army, in July last year.

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