Cairo- A car bomb exploded in Egypt's second largest city, Alexandria, on Saturday, March 24, causing the death of one policeman and wounding four others, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said.
Cairo- A car bomb exploded in Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria, on Saturday, March 24, causing the death of one policeman and wounding four others, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said.
The ministry said the bombing targeted the convoy of Alexandria’s security chief, General Mostafa al-Nemr.
The statement added that the bombing had taken place after an improvised explosive device was planted underneath a car and exploded as the security director’s convoy passed by Al-Moaskar Al-Romany Street in central Alexandria, without mentioning if the security director was hurt in the attack or not.
The body of the policeman and the four wounded, whose identity was not disclosed, were transported to a military hospital in the city, reported Ministry of Health Spokesman Khaled Megahed in a statement.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Egypt’s state news agency MENA has blamed the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, which the state described as a terrorist group, following the bombing.
“This attempt comes in the context of terrorist Muslim Brotherhood elements trying to disrupt the electoral process and influence citizens to stay away from the polls and avoid participating in the presidential election,” the agency said.
The incident was perpetrated only two days before the opening of the Egyptian presidential election polls on Monday, during which voters will choose between the outgoing head of state, Abdel Fattah al Sissi, who will likely endorse a second term, and the little-known candidate Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who is believed to be a supporter of the president.