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UPDATE: Two blasts at Presidential Palace: one policeman dead, others injured

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Explosives expert killed during bomb disposal, following warning from militant group

Two explosions on Monday morning killed a police explosives expert and injured other policemen outside the Itihadiya Palace in Heliopolis, according to the Ministry of Interior.

Colonel Ahmed Amin Al-Ashmawy, an explosives expert at the Ministry of Interior, was killed when he and a team of police attempted to diffuse two devices. Other bomb disposal personnel and police were injured when one of the devices exploded, said the ministry in a statement. The other device was diffused successfully.

Another bomb exploded an hour after the first explosion, according to state television.

Police cordoned off the surrounding area and began conducting a search following the first explosion “in anticipation of the presence of other containers”, said the ministry statement.

Last week militant group Agnad Misr warned people to stay away from the intersection of El-Merghany Street and Al-Ahram Street outside the Presidential Palace, pledging to place two explosive devices at the stated location.

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