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A roadside bomb exploded in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria today, killing one policeman and injuring four others, two days before the presidential elections.

The explosion killed a policeman and another person and wounded four other police officers, according to the state news agency MENA.

Nemr was not among the casualties of the "terrorist bombing that targeted the convoy", his office said, quoted by state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.

The bombing comes just days before President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi faces the head of the Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa in the presidential election. It was reported that the public prosecutor has ordered an investigation.

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Footage from the site of the explosion shows a vehicle engulfed in flames and black smoke billowing from it.

Since the ouster of Morsi and a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood, security forces have sought to quell attacks by jihadists.

The country has been under a state of emergency since April 2017, when suicide bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria and Tanta on Palm Sunday in an attack claimed later by ISIS.

Egypt's military said Saturday on Twitter that it was making "intensive preparations for the armed forces to secure the presidential election" on March 26-28. In November, an attack on worshipers at a North Sinai mosque killed more than 300 people and almost a month later nine people were killed at the Mar Mina Church in Helwan, Cairo ahead of Coptic Christian celebrations in December.

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