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Cairo blasts target court, metro stations

The makeshift bombs targeted several metro stations and a court in the Egyptian capital

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A series of improvised explosives have targeted several metro stations and a court in the Egyptian capital during morning rush hour on Wednesday, leaving at least four people wounded.

Four makeshift bombs exploded within minutes of each other at three Cairo metro stations, Egyptian police said.

One bomb went off at the station of Ghamra, in central Cairo, while the others occurred at Shubra el-Kheima and Hadayek al-Kobba on the outskirts of the capital, a police official told Agence France-Presse.

The explosive devices were "very primary" and of "low intensity," the official said.

Another explosive device detonated outside a court in Cairo’s district of Heliopolis, Major General Alaa Abdel Zaher, the head of Cairo's bomb disposal unit, told Reuters. At least one person was wounded, he said.

Militants have stepped up attacks in Egypt, mostly against security forces, since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 and the authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

The attacks come nearly a month after ex-army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who led Mursi's ouster, was elected president.

Since Mursi's ouster, a crackdown on his supporters has left more than 1,400 people dead and seen at least 15,000 jailed, while hundreds have been sentenced to death in speedy mass trials that have sparked an international outcry.