Head of Alexandria Security Directorate Escapes Bombing

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

The interior ministry said the bombing was targeted at the city's security chief, Major General Mostafa Al Nemr, whose convoy was passing at the time.

According to Al-Ahram newspaper, authorities have been stepping up security nationwide ahead of the elections, where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is facing the head of the Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa.

Two people were killed when a bomb exploded under a auto 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. It was reported that the public prosecutor has ordered an investigation.

Photographs posted online showed black smoke rising above the site of the attack near a police station on Al-Moaskar Al-Romani street.

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Witnesses said security and military units had cordoned off the area of the attack, which left several burnt-out cars.

IS militants claimed responsibility for the 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner that killed all 224 people on board shortly after it took off from the resort town of Sharm-el Sheikh.

The Health Ministry said along with the one death, four others were wounded.

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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