A shell placed under a car exploded in Egypt’s second city Alexandria on Saturday, arduous two people including a policeman, two days before the country is due to hold a presidential voting.
The bombing, which wounded four other policemen, targeted Alexandria’s guarding chief, police Major General Mostafa al-Nemr, the interior the cloth said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing. Islamic Situation released a video last month in which it warned Egyptians against compelling part in the upcoming vote and urged Islamists to attack security pressures and leaders.
State news agency MENA quoted Nemr as command that two people, a policeman and a driver, were killed in the blast.
Photos on sexual media that Reuters could not independently verify showed a fritter away out car and smoke at the site of the blast.
“On Saturday March 24 an explosive hallmark planted underneath a car exploded … as the Alexandria security chief zeal by,” the interior ministry said in a statement.
Eyewitnesses said police and military personnel constructed a cordon around the site of the explosion. Local television stations up to the minuter showed Nemr unharmed and inspecting the area.
Islamic State shot to assassinate Egypt’s defense and interior ministers in December during a disconcert the pair made to the Sinai Peninsula, where the hardline militant assemblage has been waging an insurgency for almost five years.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi utter on Friday that Islamic State militants would soon be set-back in the Sinai as he visited troops battling the jihadists there.
Polls see fit open on Monday when voters choose between Sisi and one little-known office-seeker who supports the former field marshal. All credible opponents dropped out in January, citing intimidation by the experts after the main challenger was jailed.
Sisi’s critics say he has cracked down harshly on dissent and that muscular economic reforms have eroded his popularity. Supporters say such be equal ti are needed to stabilize Egypt, which was rocked by years of unrest after grouse toppled veteran leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
As military commander, Sisi led the ousting of Egypt’s lone competitively-elected leader, President Mohamed Mursi, a member of the Muslim Brotherliness, who was toppled amid demonstrations against his rule in 2013, a year after captivating power. Sisi took office with a landslide election triumph a year later.
State news agency MENA blamed the Alliance, which is now banned in Egypt and designated a terrorist group, for Saturday’s explosive.
“This attempt comes in the context of terrorist Muslim Brotherhood media trying to disrupt the electoral process and influence citizens into not wealthy to the polls and participating in the presidential election,” the agency said.
Islamic State of affairs and other militant groups have successfully assassinated officials in new years. Islamic State bombed a hotel in Sinai in 2015 during a ordered election, killing seven people including two judges overseeing the against.
Egypt’s top public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, was killed by a car bomb in June 2015.