A suspected bomber and two policemen were killed, two other officers were wounded when an explosive device went off in Cairo as security forces were chasing a suspect, the Interior Ministry said late Monday.
Two policemen were also injured in the blast that took place in al-Darb al-Ahmar neighborhood, near the tourist Old Cairo area.
According to a report by local news site Egypt Today, security forces identified the attacker as Al Hasan Abdullah, 37, who resided in the old neighborhood.
The suspect was allegedly involved in an attack in Giza governate last Friday in which an improvised explosive device (IED) was planted near Al-Istiqamah Mosque, the ministry added.
Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni Islamic world, condemned the attack in a statement early Tuesday.
It stressed that the security officials who were tracking the suspect prevented a larger attack from taking place.
Egypt's Mufti's office also condemned the attack, noting that terrorist organizations are uncomfortable with the country's "security and stability."
Both institutions wished God's mercy on those who died and offered condolences to their relatives.
Egypt's Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek launched an investigation into the attack.