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Officials say 2 bombs defused at Cairo International Airport; separate blast scares passers-by

  • Egyptians inspect damages after a flash-bang grenade exploded in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. A flash-bang grenade planted inside an electrical box in an open-air commercial arcade in downtown Cairo exploded, panicking passers-by, but causing no injuries. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Egyptians inspect damages after a flash-bang grenade exploded in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. A flash-bang grenade planted inside an electrical box in an open-air commercial arcade in downtown Cairo exploded, panicking passers-by, but causing no injuries. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Egyptian men inspect damages after a flash-bang grenade exploded in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. A flash-bang grenade planted inside an electrical box in an open-air commercial arcade in downtown Cairo exploded, panicking passers-by, but causing no injuries. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Egyptian men inspect damages after a flash-bang grenade exploded in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. A flash-bang grenade planted inside an electrical box in an open-air commercial arcade in downtown Cairo exploded, panicking passers-by, but causing no injuries. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Egyptian clerics from Al-Azhar institution rally to denounce terrorism and show solidarity with the Egyptian government and security forces at a mosque in central, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi told the nation in a televised address Saturday to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. An Islamic State-linked group in Egypt claimed responsibility for a string of bomb and gun attacks last week targeting Egyptian military positions that killed at least 30 security force members. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)

    Egyptian clerics from Al-Azhar institution rally to denounce terrorism and show solidarity with the Egyptian government and security forces at a mosque in central, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi told the nation in a televised address Saturday to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. An Islamic State-linked group in Egypt claimed responsibility for a string of bomb and gun attacks last week targeting Egyptian military positions that killed at least 30 security force members. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)  (The Associated Press)

Security officials in Egypt say police defused two bombs overnight at Cairo International Airport, as a separate blast this morning in downtown Cairo scared passers-by without wounding anyone.

They say the airport bombs, one planted at the arrival hall of airport's terminal hosting EgyptAir and the other near a police patrol location, looked to be controlled remotely by mobile phone.

On Tuesday morning, officials say a sound bomb planted inside an electrical box in central Cairo exploded, wounding no one.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

Egypt has been gripped by turmoil since the military toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. The country has faced attacks ranging from suicide bombings to near-daily small blasts from homemade bombs.