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Injuries as blast hits central Cairo

Two Egyptian policemen and a civilian have

been wounded in a bomb attack targeting a

security checkpoint in central Cairo, officials

and a medic said.

The device, which was placed by unknown

assailants between two cars near the

checkpoint at al-Galaa Square in Dokki

neighbourhood, exploded at about 7:15 am

local time on Tuesday, AFP news agency

quoted a security official as saying.

Police sealed off the area and bomb disposal

experts were examining the site to make sure

no other bombs were planted nearby.

Egypt has been rocked by a series of bombings

and shootings carried out by armed men since

the military toppled the first freely-elected

president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim

Brotherhood, in July.

Most attacks have been in the restive Sinai

Peninsula, but in recent months brazen attacks

have also been launched farther afield in the

Nile Delta and in the capital Cairo.

Student protester killed

The explosion comes a day after a student was

killed on Monday in clashes between police and

anti-coup protesters at Cairo University,

Reuters news agency quoted a medic as saying.

Security forces fired tear-gas at protesters who

in turn hurled fireworks and at least two petrol

bombs at police lines, Reuters reported. A

reporter for a local newspaper was also

wounded when he was hit by birdshot, the

paper said.

With the state cracking down hard on

opposition groups, the universities have

become a major arena for protests by those

opposing last July's military topple of Morsi.

The Anti-Coup National Alliance had called for

a week of "non-violent defiance and a huge

revolutionary Monday in solidarity with

detainees and martyrs' families".

The protests often lead to confrontation

between the security forces and

demonstrators.

[BBC]

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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