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Four policemen wounded in Egypt bomb attack

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This photo taken on July 11, 2015 shows an Egyptian policeman standing in the rubble of the Italian consulate in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after it was bombed by militants. (AFP Photo)

Militants stage a bomb attack near a traffic post in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, wounding four policemen.

Monday's blast targeted a traffic post close to a courthouse in the city's busy Heliopolis district. A colonel and major are among the wounded officers.

Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told AFP that two of the wounded policemen were in serious condition.

The Cairo-based Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) militant group claimed the attack in its Twitter account.

The militants have already targeted police and staged bomb attacks outside key buildings in Cairo, including the presidential palace and Cairo University.

In June, the group killed Egypt's top state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, in a car bomb attack.

This file photo shows a member of the Egyptian security forces standing guard in Sinai near a van damaged in a roadside bomb blast by militants. (AFP Photo)

 

The group's leader, Hammam Mohamed Attiyah, who was killed in a gunfight in Cairo in April, had been linked to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the Egyptian branch of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Attiyah broke away from Daesh in 2013 and founded the Ajnad Misr group operating mainly in Cairo.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, for its part, changed its name to "The Sinai Province" after it pledged allegiance to the Daesh in November and is now spearheading the insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.

The Sinai Province militants have actively carried out numerous attacks on security forces and judiciary officials since the ouster of democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Most of the group's attacks have been focused on targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula; however, deadly bombings have also been staged by the Sinai Takfiris in Cairo and some other Egyptian cities.


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