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, state media reported.
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.
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Pictures shared on social media showed smoke billowing from the burned out remains of a car.
General Mustafa al-Nimr's motorcade was targeted during his daily trip from home to work #Egypt pic.twitter.com/pzRUMyreQk
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Egyptians are due to go the polls on Monday for the country’s presidential election.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to be overwhelmingly re-elected after all credible opponents were arrested or intimidated out of the race.