CAIRO (Reuters) – A bomb detonated by suspected militants wounded eight police officers and one civilian in the Cairo neighbourhood of Ain Shams, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said.
The wounded included a police captain. A bomb squad was combing the area for other possible explosives, a ministry statement said.
Egypt is battling an insurgency that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers since the army led the summer 2013 removal of President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood following mass protests against his rule.
The Egyptian affiliate of Islamic State claimed coordinated
attacks last month that killed at
least 30 security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula, some of the deadliest anti-government violence in years.
While most of the worst attacks have hit Sinai, a remote but strategic region bordering Gaza, Israel and Egypt’s Suez Canal, smaller blasts and attacks have become increasingly common in Cairo and other cities.