Bomb explodes at Cairo traffic sentry post, wounds three police

Authorities have pledged to end a wave of extremist violence that has swept across the country

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Three police were wounded on Monday when a bomb exploded under a traffic sentry post near a Cairo court house in the latest in a series of attacks to hit the Egyptian capital, security sources said.

The explosion occurred in the affluent northeastern Heliopolis district, they added.

Egyptian authorities have pledged to end a wave of extremist violence that has swept across the country, but sporadic attacks on high-profile locations in the city and elsewhere have continued.

No one claimed has immediate responsibility for Monday's bomb, in which a health ministry spokesman confirmed three people were wounded.

Undermining efforts

A two-year-old insurgency centered on the Sinai Peninsula has killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule in 2013.

Sinai Province, which has pledged allegiance to the ISIS movement that has taken over swathes of Iraq and Syria, is the most active group.

The violence is undermining efforts by the Egyptian government to revive investment and foreign tourism crucial to the economy and stability of the Arab world's most populous country.

While the insurgency is concentrated in the Peninsula, which lies between Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal, violence has also hit the capital.

Egypt's top public prosecutor was killed by a car bomb attack on his convoy in late June, the most senior state official to die at the hands of militants in two years.

Attacks have also targeted some of Egypt's tourism sites, including the Karnak temple in Luxor.