Car Bomb Strikes Egypt's Alexandria Ahead of Presidential Vote

Car Bomb Strikes Egypt's Alexandria Ahead of Presidential Vote

Car Bomb Strikes Egypt's Alexandria Ahead of Presidential Vote

Two policemen were killed in Alexandria, Egypt, on Saturday by a bomb that went off as a convoy containing the city's security chief passed by.

"On Saturday, March 24, an explosive device planted underneath a auto the Alexandria security chief drove by", a spokesperson for the interior ministry said in a statement cited by Reuters.

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

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The attack unsuccessfully targeted the city's security chief while he was travelling in a convoy, the Interior Ministry was cited as saying by Efe news.

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

Footage from the site of the explosion shows a vehicle engulfed in flames and black smoke billowing from it.

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The Sinai-based branch of the Islamic State regional terrorist group claimed responsibility for most of the terror operations in Egypt over the past few years.

Egypt's military said Saturday on Twitter that it was making "intensive preparations for the armed forces to secure the presidential election" on March 26-28.

Egyptian policemen standing guard outside a court complex in Minya. Sine then Egypt has been under a state of emergency.

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Sisi gave the armed forces and police a three-month deadline in November to wipe out the extremists.

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