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Police officer killed as bomb blast rocks Egypt's Alexandria

Police officer killed as bomb blast rocks Egypt's Alexandria”

Two people were killed when a bomb exploded under a vehicle in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Saturday in what appeared to be an assassination attempt on the city's security chief, state media reported.

Alexandria's director of security was traveling in a convoy through the city when the bomb exploded, the Interior Ministry said.

The country has been under a state of emergency since April 2017, when suicide bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria and Tanta on Palm Sunday in an attack claimed later by ISIS.

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The state news agency Mena quoted Maj Gen Al Nemr as saying that a policeman and a driver were killed.

The blast comes just days ahead of Egypt's presidential election, in which President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to be re-elected.

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

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Sisi stormed to victory in the 2014 presidential election, having led the military a year before in ousting Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Islamist Mohammed Mursi.

The militants of Ansar Beit al-Maddis have killed hundreds of soldiers, policemen and civilians, mainly in its North Sinai stronghold but also elsewhere in Egypt.

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

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