Blast kills three policemen in Cairo

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Three policemen were killed by a suicide bomber on Monday night in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, near the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar.

Two other officers were wounded in the attack, AFP news agency reports, citing the country’s interior ministry.

“As security forces surrounded the man and were about to stop him and bring him under control, an explosive device in his possession detonated,”  the ministry’s statement as said

It is not known if the attacker had links to a militant group, and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police successfully defused a bomb near a mosque in Cairo’s twin city of Giza on Friday, and the interior ministry said that Monday’s suicide bomber was being pursued in connection with that foiled bomb attack.

Attacks on central Cairo have been rare under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has enforced a security crackdown since overthrowing his predecessor in 2013 following a populist uprising.