Bombing ahead of Egypt vote kills policeman in Alexandria

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Alexandria's security chief Major General Mostafa al-Nemr escaped an assassination attempt after a vehicle bomb exploded in Egypt's second city on Saturday.

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior said the attack was an assassination attempt against al-Nemr.

"On Saturday, March 24, an explosive device planted underneath a auto the Alexandria security chief drove by", a spokesperson for the interior ministry said in a statement cited by Reuters.

No group or individual immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

State news agency MENA quoted al-Nemr as saying that two people, a policeman and a driver, were killed in the blast.

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The attack comes just two days before Egypt's presidential election. It was reported that the public prosecutor has ordered an investigation.

Security authorities in Egypt are intensifying military operations against the group and are also tightening security across the nation in the lead-up to the presidential polls.

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.

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

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