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Police officer killed while attempting to defuse IED in Cairo

Ahram Online , Saturday 5 Jan 2019
Egypt
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A police officer was killed on Saturday while trying to defuse an improvised explosive device (IED) that was found in a Cairo slum area, a security source said.

The IED, which was put in a bag, was placed on a building's roof in Ezzbet El-Hagana.

According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the police officer was a bomb disposal expert at Cairo Security Directorate.

The explosion comes as Egypt has tightened security in the weeks leading up to the Coptic Christmas celebrations on 7 January.

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