Bomb kills two in Alexandria ahead of Egypt vote

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Alexandria's security chief Major General Mostafa al-Nemr escaped an assassination attempt after a vehicle bomb exploded in Egypt's second city on Saturday.

The incident took place in Alexandria, close to the city's corniche, a waterfront promenade, and near hotels and military-owned buildings.

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

The interior ministry says at least 2 people were killed, including a police officer, and 5 others were injured.

Egypt's Ministry of Interior confirmed that the bomb targeted Maj.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which came ahead of Egypt's presidential election starting Monday, in which incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks certain to sweep to a second term in office.

Photographs posted online showed burned-out cars and thick black smoke at the site of the attack on Al-Moaskar Al-Romani street, near a police station.

It also comes during a massive security operation involving land, sea and air forces in areas covering north and central Sinai and parts of Egypt's Nile Delta and the Western Desert, along the porous border with Libya.