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Bombing ahead of Egypt vote kills two policemen in Alexandria

25 March 2018

A bomb targeting the director of security of an Egyptian city killed one of his bodyguards and wounded four others, according to state-run Ahram news agency, citing authorities.

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The bomb was placed under a parked auto and exploded as Mostafa El-Nemr's convoy was passing, killing the two officers, ages 45 and 19, and injuring about five other policemen. The Health Ministry later said a second officer died in the attack.

The interior ministry says at least 2 people were killed, including a police officer, and 5 others were injured.

Local TV showed General al-Nimr inspecting the scene of the blast following the attack.

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The bombing comes just days before President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi faces the head of the Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa in the presidential election.

MENA quoted Nemr as saying that two people, a policeman and a driver, were killed in the blast.

The bomb, which was planted under a vehicle, went off when the auto of Alexandria's security commander passed by, the ministry said.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Bombing ahead of Egypt vote kills two policemen in Alexandria