Cairo blasts kill two senior policemen near palace

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 July, 2014, 4:09am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 July, 2014, 4:09am


Three home-made bombs went off near Egypt's presidential palace yesterday, killing two senior police officers and injuring 10 other people on the anniversary of mass protests that led to the ousting of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi.

The devices were planted less than 20 metres from the walls of the presidential Ittihadiya palace in east Cairo, in what appeared to be a serious security breach.

It was not clear whether President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who as army chief ousted Mursi last summer, was inside the palace when the blasts occurred.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, which bore the hallmarks of Islamic militant groups sympathetic to Mursi.

Security officials said the first bomb to go off yesterday wounded three street cleaners, while a second and third exploded while bomb squad teams were trying to defuse them, killing a police colonel and a lieutenant-colonel, and wounding seven other people.

Another device in the area was discovered and safely defused.