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Two Egypt police officers killed while defusing bombs near presidential palace

Published on Jun 30, 2014 8:09 PM
 
People run for cover moments after a bomb blast in the vicinity of the Ittihadiya palace in the Egyptian capital Cairo, on June 30, 2014. Two Egyptian police officers were killed defusing bombs near the presidential palace in Cairo on Monday, almost a year to the day after a military takeover unleashed a wave of repression and militant attacks. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Two Egyptian police officers were killed defusing bombs near the presidential palace in Cairo on Monday, almost a year to the day after a military takeover unleashed a wave of repression and militant attacks.

An Islamist militant group, one of several that have spearheaded attacks since president Mohamed Mursi's ouster on July 3 last year, warned several days ago that it had planted bombs in the vicinity of the east Cairo palace.

It was not immediately clear whether President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who ousted the Islamist Mursi and then won a May presidential election, was in the Ittihadiya palace at the time.

The Interior Ministry said a colonel was killed and several policemen were wounded when a bomb they were trying to defuse went off.

 
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