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Bombs claim lives in twin Cairo explosions

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Two Egyptian police officers have died trying to defuse bombs found near the presidential palace in Cairo.

The bombs were placed at and near to a busy crossroads close to the palace. Several other police officers were injured. One other bomb was defused.

The devices possibly originate with Ajnad Misr, an underground opposition movement that said it planted explosives in the area several days ago. It later said it would not trigger them, but admitted they proved impossible to recover.

Last week the Egyptian capital’s underground railway was hit with four small homemade bombs, the first attack of its kind since the swearing-in of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.