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Suspected members of a radical Islamist group perpetrated a bomb attack at Egypt's Institute of Police Representatives on Saturday, leaving one police officer wounded, according to Arab Today. That attack came while many Egyptians are observing the third anniversary of the uprising against that Arab nation's 30-year dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

According to a counterterrorism expert who monitors the Muslim world, Barbara Wellman, one of the assailants who rode a motorbike tossed two black packages at the Police Institute located in a densely populated district of Egypt's capital.

While no one was killed in the terrorist attack, the explosion did cause damage to the security wall surrounding the building and it wounded one person, according to Wellman, a former New Jersey police detective.

Meanwhile, unidentified attackers in an automobile with no license plates began randomly firing automatic weapons at innocent civilians near Tahrir Square -- the center of the 2011 mass protests that turned into an armed uprising -- on Saturday, according to news reports.

The masked gunmen wounded three persons and Egyptian police sealed off all the streets leading to the square, according to the state-run Ahram news outlet.

In addition, near the Interior Ministry headquarters, Egyptian soldiers intensified their presence and used bomb-sniffing dogs on patrols following the discovery of a bomb planted near the General Intelligence headquarters which was defused by their bomb-technicians, according to Wellman, who took part in a 2006 anti-terrorism training program held in Israel.

The Islamist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an al-Qaeda-allied jihadist group based in the Sinai Peninsula, claimed they were responsible for all the bombing attacks that occurred in Cairo since Friday. The group also warned the Egyptian people to avoid getting too close any police stations or military checkpoints since the jihadists planned more terrorist attacks and bombings.

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