Egypt: 2 killed by bomb in 'attempted assassination' of Alexandria security chief

Two people were killed when a bomb exploded under a car in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Saturday in what appeared to be an assassination attempt on the city’s security chief.

The blast went off as a motorcade carrying Major General Mostafa al-Nemr, Alexandria’s top security official, was passing by in the Roshdi district.

The explosion killed a policeman and another person and wounded four other police officers, according to the state news agency MENA.

“On Saturday March 24 an explosive device planted underneath a car exploded … as the Alexandria security chief drove by,” the interior ministry statement said.

Pictures shared on social media showed smoke billowing from the burned out remains of a car.

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No terror group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion. ISIS released a video last month in which it warned Egyptians against taking part in the upcoming vote and urged its Muslim terrorists to attack security forces and leaders.

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ISIS attempted to assassinate Egypt’s defense and interior ministers in December during a trip the pair made to the Sinai Peninsula, where the terror group has been waging an insurgency for almost five years.

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday that ISIS terrorists would soon be defeated in the Sinai as he visited troops battling the jihadists there.

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Polls will open on Monday when voters choose between Sisi and one little-known candidate who supports the former field marshal. All credible opponents dropped out in January, citing intimidation by the authorities after the main challenger was jailed.

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