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Egypt: Militant group claims responsibility for bombing, killing police officer

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CAIRO — An Islamic militant group in Egypt has claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed a senior police officer the day before.

It says the attack was in retaliation for the killings and arrests by government forces of supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president.

PHOTO: Security personnel search for clues at the site where senior Egyptian police officer Brig. Gen. Ahmed Zaki was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off, in a western suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Another police officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's second-largest city, Alexandria, officials said. The deaths came amid stepped-up attacks against Egyptian police and military as militant groups wage an increasingly violent campaign following the July 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gamil)
Security personnel search for clues at the site where senior Egyptian police officer Brig. Gen. Ahmed Zaki was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off, in a western suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Another police officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's second-largest city, Alexandria, officials said. The deaths came amid stepped-up attacks against Egyptian police and military as militant groups wage an increasingly violent campaign following the July 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gamil)

Thursday's statement by Ajnad Misr, or "Egypt's Soldiers," a group which first appeared in January, was posted on its Facebook page.

It carried photographs of the slain officer, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Zaki, a commander in the riot police, showing him riding in a blue pick-up truck. The group claimed Zaki used a truck with no police insignia as a "disguise" for fear of being targeted.

Attacks against Egyptian forces have escalated since the military last summer removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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