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Police officer killed as bomb blast rocks Egypt's Alexandria

Police officer killed as bomb blast rocks Egypt's Alexandria

"On Saturday, March 24, an explosive device planted underneath a vehicle exploded.as the Alexandria security chief drove by", a spokesperson for the interior ministry said in a statement cited by Reuters. The official survived, but one of his lead bodyguards died.

The bombing, which also wounded four policemen, had targeted Alexandria's security chief police Major General Mostafa Al-Nemr, the interior ministry said. Egypt's interior ministry and army have tightened security ahead of the elections, which will be held Monday through Wednesday.

The attack came just two days ahead of Egypt's presidential election, which President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is nearly certain to win.

Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek ordered an "urgent and wide inquiry".

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Photographs posted online showed burned-out cars and thick black smoke at the site of the attack on Al-Moaskar Al-Romani street, near a police station. State security forces have cracked down on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood organization and have tried to stamp out attacks by jihadists - including those by Islamic State (IS) militants.

There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Security authorities in Egypt are intensifying military operations against the group and are also tightening security across the nation in the lead-up to the presidential polls.


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