2 killed in possible assassination attempt on Egyptian security official

Egypt: Policeman killed in car explosion

Cairo- A vehicle 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.

"On Saturday, March 24, an explosive device planted underneath a auto exploded.as the Alexandria security chief drove by", a spokesperson for the interior ministry said in a statement cited by Reuters. The official survived, but one of his lead bodyguards died.

Four other officers and a civilian were also injured in the attack.

State-run MENA news agency said the public prosecutor has ordered an investigation into the incident.

Multiple Egyptian sources, citing eyewitnesses, report that the bomb targeted the convoy of the security director of Alexandria, Major General Mustafa Nimr.

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Pictures shared on social media showed smoke billowing from the burned out remains of a auto.

Since the ouster of Morsi and a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood, security forces have sought to quell attacks by extremists who have declared allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.

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.

Daesh claimed the 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner carrying tourists from the South Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, which killed all 224 people on board. In November, after 300 worshippers were massacred in a Sinai mosque, Sissi gave security forces a three-month deadline to wipe-out the jihadists.

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