Sixteen people have been injured after a bomb exploded on a Cairo metro train as gunmen killed at least five Egyptian soldiers and policemen in two separate gun attacks in northern Sinai.

Health ministry official Ahmad Al-Ansari said all 16 were lightly injured in a “stampede” caused by Thursday’s explosion, adding that nobody was struck by shrapnel.

Metro authority spokesman Ahmed Abdel Hady said the “sound bomb” had been placed inside a bag, leading to panic on the train during rush hour.

Egypt has been hit by a wave of attacks since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year, infuriating his supporters.

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