A car bomb exploded in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria near the Tulip Hotel on Saturday, killing Alexandria’s security chief, a driver, and injuring several others according to the interior ministry.
The bombing targeted Alexandria’s security chief police Major General Mostafa al-Nemr, the interior ministry said.
Egypt’s state news agency MENA quoted Nemr as saying that two people, a policeman and a driver, were killed in the blast.
The interior ministry said the explosion occurred in the district of Roshdi as the head of the Alexandria Security Directorate was passing by.
No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Egypt has been under a state of emergency since April 2017, when suicide bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday in an attack claimed by the local affiliate of Daesh.
Eyewitnesses said police and military personnel had formed a perimeter around the site of the explosion, which took place two days before the country is due to hold a presidential election.
Images believed to be taken of the aftermath show smoke rising from the burning remains of a vehicle in a built up residential area.
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And in this video footage members of the emergency services can be seen dousing down the flames.
In these images the smoldering mangled remains of vehicles can be seen in the street next to what appear to be residential buildings.
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