One policeman killed in blast near security convoy in Egypt's Alexandria

Kelley Robertson
March 25, 2018

Cairo- A vehicle bomb exploded in Egypt's second largest city Alexandria on Saturday, March 24, causing the death of one policeman and wounding four others, Egypt's interior ministry said.

The bomb attack struck the convoy of Alexandria's security chief General Mostafa al-Nimr.

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

"This attempt comes in the context of terrorist Muslim Brotherhood elements trying to disrupt the electoral process and influence citizens into not going to the polls and participating in the presidential election", the agency said.

Egypt is just two days away from its presidential election, that will be held from Monday to Wednesday, in which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is competing for a second mandate. It was reported that the public prosecutor has ordered an investigation.

The auto bomb attack in the northern port city also wounded four others, the government press office added, just days ahead of Egypt's presidential election which starts on Monday.

It has also killed scores of members of Egypt's minority Coptic Christian community in church bombings and shootings. 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 jihadist insurgency.

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