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Egypt Car Bomb Kills 2, Wounds 4 in Alexandria


Investigators search the area after a bomb placed under a car exploded, in Alexandria, Egypt, March 24, 2018.

A car bomb has exploded in the city of Alexandria, Egypt, killing at least two people and wounding at least four. Officials say the bombing targeted Alexandria's security chief, two days before the country holds a presidential election.

Egypt's government press office said the bomb exploded near a convoy carrying General Mostafa el-Nemr through a residential area of Alexandria. He was not wounded in the attack.

Egypt's prosecutor general has ordered an "urgent and wide" investigation of the attack, which the government attributes to terrorism.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which damaged several cars. Investigators have cordoned off the area while they search for evidence.

The attack comes before Egyptians start a three-day voting process (March 26-28) Monday to choose their next president. The election is a virtual referendum on the four years in office of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.

Sissi's lone rival is Moussa Mustapha Moussa of the Ghad, or Tomorrow, party. Other contenders have dropped out.