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Auto bomb explodes in Egypt's Alexandria, one killed: interior ministry

Auto bomb explodes in Egypt's Alexandria, one killed: interior ministry

A bomb placed under a vehicle exploded in Egypt's second city Alexandria on Saturday, killing two people including a policeman, two days before the country is due to hold a presidential election.

Nemr himself, escorted by guards, appeared on Egyptian television visiting the scene shortly after the attack.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Photographs posted online showed burned-out cars and thick black smoke at the site of the attack on Al-Moaskar Al-Romani street, near a police station. IS attempted to assassinate Egypt's defence and interior ministers in December during a trip the pair made to the Sinai Peninsula, where the hardline militant group has been waging an insurgency for nearly five years. Sisi's critics say he has cracked down harshly on dissent and that tough economic reforms have eroded his popularity.

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Egypt has been suffering a wave of terrorist attacks that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military ousted former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

On April 9, 2017 two separate bomb attacks targeted Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria and the city of Tanta in the Nile Delta, killing 44 people and wounding 100 others.

Sisi gave the armed forces and police a three-month deadline in November to wipe out the jihadists.

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.


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