Two Egypt police officers killed while defusing bombs near presidential palace
Published on Jun 30, 2014 8:09 PM
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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