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Deadly car bomb goes off at Cairo police HQ

A car bomb has exploded in front of Cairo's police headquarters, killing at least three people.

Cairo: A car bomb has exploded in front of Cairo's police headquarters.

The blast killed at least three people and devastated the facade of the police headquarters.

Interior ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif confirmed the early morning blast after reports emerged of the sound of a loud explosion that was heard across the Egyptian capital.

Witnesses also said they saw smoke rising over the city.

The explosion left a deep crater in the street, an AFP correspondent at the scene reported.

The car bomb also blew out the windows of the police headquarters in the central Cairo district of Abdeen and destroyed a metal gate outside the multi-storey building.

State television also reported that 35 people were wounded in the explosion that also damaged a nearby Islamic museum.

Riot police at the scene pushed back hundreds of onlookers, some of whom chanted slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Militants have escalated attacks since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

The ousted president's movement has denied involvement in the attacks.

It was blacklisted as a terrorist group after 15 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle at a police headquarters north of Cairo in December.

An Al-Qaeda inspired group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for that attack.

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