Two policemen killed by bomb targeting Egyptian security chief

Two Dead As Car Bomb Explodes In Egyptian City Of Alexandria

The ministry said the bombing had targeted the convoy of Alexandria's security chief, General Mostafa al-Nemr.

However, Egypt's state news agency MENA blamed the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, which the state describes as a terrorist group, following the bombing.

According to Al-Ahram newspaper, authorities have been stepping up security nationwide ahead of the elections, where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is facing the head of the Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa.

Five other people wounded in the blast were being treated in the city's military hospital, the official said.

Cairo- A vehicle bomb exploded in Egypt's second largest city Alexandria on Saturday, March 24, causing the death of one policeman and wounding four others, Egypt's interior ministry said.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came two days before Egyptians begin voting in a presidential election and amid a wide-scale security campaign against ISIL militants in the north Sinai Peninsula.

Four others were also injured in the explosion in Alexandria, which located 200 km north of the capital Cairo.

Daesh claimed the 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner carrying tourists from the South Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, which killed all 224 people on board.

Almost a month later, two gunmen killed nine people at the Mar Mina Church in Helwan, southern Cairo ahead of Coptic Christian celebrations in December.

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