Bombing kills 2 in Alexandria, targets security chief

Mar 25, 2018, 01:40
Bombing kills 2 in Alexandria, targets security chief

The Interior Ministry earlier confirmed one policeman had been killed in the attack.

The bomb was placed under a parked vehicle and exploded as Mostafa El-Nemr's convoy was passing, killing the two officers, ages 45 and 19, and injuring about five other policemen.

State-run MENA news agency said the public prosecutor has ordered an investigation into the incident.

Egypt's interior ministry and army have been beefing up security nationwide ahead of the elections, where incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is facing the head of the Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa.

Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the casualties were taken to a military hospital.

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

A bomb blast targeting a security chief in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria killed a policeman and wounded four others on Saturday - just two days before presidental elections.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.

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.

Four people were injured in the attack. Sine then Egypt has been under a state of emergency.

The deadline has since been extended and the armed forces have launched their most comprehensive campaign yet to end the five-year-old extremist insurgency.