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EGYPTIAN POLICEMAN KILLED AS MILITANTS ATTACK TWO CITIES


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A policeman was killed and seven other people wounded on Sunday after Islamist militants attacked Egypt's two largest cities with a bombing in Cairo and an attack on a church in Alexandria, Reuters reported quoting security sources.

Egypt’s the interior ministry reportedly said, the leader of a militant group that has targeted police and soldiers around the capital was killed in a firefight with security forces early on Sunday in a separate incident, says Reuters.

Meanwhile, Egypt is confronting an insurgency based in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

According to reports, most rebel attacks have taken place in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Gaza, Israel and the Suez Canal. Smaller-scale bombings have become increasingly common in Cairo and other cities.

A bomb explosion on a bridge leading to the upscale Cairo district of Zamalek, which hosts many embassies, killed one policeman, the interior ministry said. Two more officers and a civilian were injured. The force of the bomb, which the sources said was planted in or near a car, left a shallow crater and pools of blood on the 15 May Bridge.

In Alexandria, militants in a microbus reportedly shot at the Church of the Angel Rafael, wounding one police officer and three civilians before fleeing, security sources said. On Saturday, two bombs exploded near a police station in the residential Imbaba district across the Nile River from Zamalek, causing no casualties (Reuters).

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