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Egyptian police kill six suspects after auto bombing targets security chief

26 March 2018

The Alexandria security chief General Mostafa el-Nemr survived a vehicle bombing aimed at his convoy on Saturday, two days ahead of presidential elections.

Police officers in Egypt on Sunday killed six militants suspected of being involved in a failed assassination attempt targeting a security chief a day earlier in the country's coastal city of Alexandria.

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The driver of the escort auto and a policeman were reportedly killed when the device exploded under a parked vehicle next to the Roman Camp road in the city.

In an official statement, Egypt's interior ministry said the terrorists were killed on Sunday dawn following a shootout in a residential apartment in Beheira governorate, around 89 kilometres from the Mediterranean city which witnessed Saturday's attack.

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It called on the Egyptian people to stand firmly behind state institutions, especially the armed forces and the police and offered condolences to the families of the martyrs of the police, while wishing the injured a quick recovery. Egyptian authorities say the group is the Brotherhood's armed wing, but the Brotherhood says it rejects violence.

The cell has also received orders from leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood overseas to target a number of prominent figures and vital facilities in Alexandria, Beheira, and Kafr El-Sheikh.

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The army chief who led the ouster, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, won an election a year later.

Egyptian police kill six suspects after auto bombing targets security chief