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Bomb explodes in busy square in Egypt, wounding 1

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, meeting with presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the country's former military chief, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, April 10, 2014.(AP Photo/Pedro Luis Costa Gomes)

CAIRO: Egypt's Interior Ministry spokesman says a bomb targeting a police officer's car has exploded in a busy square west of Cairo, wounding him.

Spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif says the blast happened Thursday in el-Houssari Square after an assailant threw the homemade explosive under the car. He says the officer suffered a wound to his leg. He did not elaborate.

Another explosive device was found kilometers (miles) away in another busy square in central Cairo, but authorities dismantled before it exploded.

Egypt has been hit with violence since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July. The government has intensified its campaign against Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group and its supporters. Meanwhile, an al-Qaida-inspired-group has carried retaliatory attacks, including suicide bombings targeting police and soldiers.

 

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