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Egypt policeman killed defusing bomb near president palace

/ 05:26 PM June 30, 2014

Egyptian police officers investigate the site of an explosion in 6 October city, a suburb southwest of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 28, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

CAIRO – An Egyptian police colonel was killed and several policemen wounded on Monday when a bomb they were trying to defuse near the presidential palace in Cairo exploded, the interior ministry said.

Police officials had earlier said two bombs exploded, but the ministry clarified in a statement that only one device went off as bomb disposal experts were trying to defuse it.

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The explosion occurred several days after Islamist militants warned they had planted explosives near the presidential palace.

It also came almost a year to the day that the military toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, unleashing an extensive crackdown on his supporters and setting off a deadly militant campaign.

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It was not immediately clear if President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who led Morsi’s ouster, was at the palace at the time of explosion.

Police officials had said a first bomb wounded three street cleaners, and that a second killed the police colonel and wounded three officers.

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