Bomb kills senior police officer near Egypt foreign ministry in downtown Cairo


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CAIRO — Security officials say a roadside bomb went off on a busy downtown Cairo street near the foreign ministry, killing a senior policeman.

They said the Sunday explosion targeted a police checkpoint near the back gate of the ministry building. Several people were wounded, some seriously, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The officials had earlier reported three people were killed, including two policemen, but they later revised down the death toll to one, citing confusion in the bombing's immediate aftermath.

Egypt has faced a violent campaign by radical Islamists since last year's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The campaign has mostly targeted security forces, first in the Sinai Peninsula, but later across much of the country.

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