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  • 24 January 2014, 10:54

Three Bomb Blasts Kill At Least Five In Cairo

Three bombings just hours apart in Egypt's capital have killed at least five people and wounded dozens.

The bombings came on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising that toppled Egypt's ruler Hosni Mubarak.

A suicide car bomber targeted Cairo's police headquarters, killing four people and badly damaged a nearby Museum of Islamic Art.

It is unclear how the bomb was brought so close to the police headquarters, which is surrounded by a high metal fence.

Policeman Mahmud Mushref, his head bandaged, said: "The car crashed into the fence, and the explosion happened." 

Several floors of the high-rise building were wrecked, with air conditioning units dangling from broken windows. The pavement outside was covered with piles of shattered glass, pieces of bricks and rocks. 

The front of the nearby museum was also badly damaged.

State television quoted witnesses as saying gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on buildings after the explosion.

Interior ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif said: "Casualties were relatively small given the size of the blast."

It was followed by two more, smaller explosions - one at a metro station which killed one person, and another at a police station near the pyramids.

Sky's Tom Rayner said the explosion by the pyramids was possibly caused by a grenade.

Militants have escalated attacks since the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has denied involvement in the attacks, but was blacklisted as a terrorist group after 15 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle at a police headquarters north of Cairo in December.

An Al-Qaeda inspired group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for that attack, but there was no immediate word on who carried out the latest bombings.

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