Tahrir Square closed following Ittihadiya explosions

Ahram Online, Monday 30 Jun 2014

Tahrir Square is closed after three bombs detonated near the presidential palace on Monday, the first anniversary of mass protests against Islamist president Mohamed Morsi

Tahrir Square closed
File Photo: Egyptian army soldiers guard with armoured personnel carriers (APC) near Tahrir Square in Cairo August 19, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Security forces have closed Tahrir Square after three explosions struck near the Ittihadiya presidential palace.

Two policemen were killed by the explosions on Monday morning.

The first policeman, Colonel Ahmed El-Ashmawy, was killed while attempting to defuse the first device. The name and rank of the second policeman has not been disclosed.  

Monday marks the first anniversary of mass protests on 30 June 2013 that demanded the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The Ittihadiya presidential palace and Tahrir Square were the two main centres of the protests. 

Militants have escalated attacks against security forces since Morsi's ouster. Over 500 security personnel have been killed.

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