Policeman dies in pre-election bombing in Egypt

Egypt opens Gaza border for two-day period

A bomb placed under a auto exploded in Egypt's second city Alexandria on Saturday, killing two people including a policeman, state news agency MENA reported.

Egypt's interior ministry and army have tightened security ahead of the elections, which will be held Monday through Wednesday.

IS claimed the 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner carrying tourists from the South Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, which killed all 224 people on board.

The country's chief prosecutor, Nabil Sadeq, described the media as "forces of evil" - one of el-Sissi's hallmark phrases - saying they have been trying to "undermine the security and safety of the nation through the broadcast and publication of lies and false news". "Preliminary information indicates that the device was placed under a vehicle on the roadside and weighed around 8 kilograms".

Eyewitnesses said police and military personnel formed a cordon around the site of the explosion.

Saturday's attack came two days before Egyptians start voting in the country's presidential election, in which incumbent President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi runs for re-election.

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"The Brotherhood will be found to have perpetuated this", Mr Basiouny said.

IS and other militant groups have successfully assassinated officials in recent years.

She wrote that she was mocked by police officers who ignored or did not listen to a recording of the interview which she said supported her story.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Egypt among the top worst jailers of journalists in a December report.

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 the Islamic State group.

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