Saudi Arabia condemns bomb attack in Egypt's Alexandria

Hugh Fox
March 25, 2018

The blast occurred near the Tolip Hotel on Saturday afternoon in Rushdi, a neighbourhood in Egypt's second city, close to the motorcade of Major General Mostafa al-Nemr, the head of security in Alexandria, an Egyptian security source told Al Jazeera.

A vehicle bomb killed two people and injured several others in the centre of the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on Saturday, officials said.

"This attempt comes in the context of terrorist Muslim Brotherhood elements trying to disrupt the electoral process and influence citizens into not going to the polls and participating in the presidential election", the agency said. Islamic State released a video last month in which it warned Egyptians against taking part in the upcoming vote and urged Islamists to attack security forces and leaders.

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There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Witnesses said that army and police officers sectioned off the scene of the blast with a security cordon.

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.

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Sisi stormed to victory in the 2014 presidential election, having led the military a year before in ousting Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Islamist Mohammed Mursi. Sine then Egypt has been under a state of emergency.

The deadline has since been extended and the armed forces have launched their most comprehensive campaign yet to end the five-year-old extremist insurgency.

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