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Egypt threatened with bombs during polls amid tight security

Egypt threatened with bombs during polls amid tight security
(Xinhuanet 05/27/14)

CAIRO, May 27 (Xinhua) -- One person was injured and several cars were burnt Tuesday when a primitive explosive device went off nearby a church in the Egyptian capital Cairo, official news agency MENA reported.

The explosion came while the Egyptians are casting their votes in the final day of the two-day presidential elections, the first polls since the removal of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.

The homemade bomb was planted in the vicinity of the Adventist Church in northeast neighborhood of Heliopolis, Cairo, MENA quoted a security source as saying. The disposal team combed the scene to search for further bombs.

More than 432,000 army and police personnel are deployed across Egypt to ensure security during the elections amid reports of bombings and protests.

Bomb squads defused six homemade bombs in four provinces during the first day of the polls, but no death cases were reported.

Egypt has faced a surge in violence after the army ousted the country's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi last July following mass protests against his turbulent one-year in rule.

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