BAGHDAD, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Iraq on Thursday condemned the bombing in Egypt's capital Cairo on Monday that killed two policemen and injured several others, reiterating its rejection of violence and terrorism.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it "strongly condemned the terrorist attack," reiterating "Iraq's firm stance on rejecting violence and terrorism regardless of their motives and reasons."
Earlier, the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior confirmed in a statement that the two policemen were killed when a bomb carried by a "terrorist" they were chasing was detonated in the popular area of al-Darb al-Ahmar in central Cairo.
Terrorism rose in Egypt following the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his currently banned Muslim Brotherhood group.
Terror attacks gradually expanded from North Sinai province to other provinces including the capital Cairo, and started to target the Coptic minority via church bombings and shootings.
The Egyptian army has carried out military operations in northern and central Sinai and other areas to hunt down terrorist groups.