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Bomb kills police general in Cairo, 5th attack within week

CAIRO--A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car in Egypt's capital on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Cairo within a week.

The blast in the upscale western suburb of Oct. 6 killed Ahmed Zaki, a commander of Egypt's central security forces who have spearheaded a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The general was fatally wounded in his car as was headed for work, security officials said, adding that two conscripts were wounded in the morning attack.

Video footage posted on newspaper websites showed the front of the car destroyed. It was painted light green and not the usual dark blue color of police vehicles. Police officers are increasingly having their cars repainted to avoid being easily identified and targeted by militants.

Zaki was the third senior police officer to be killed in attacks since the start of the year, with all three fatalities in Cairo. Three other police have been killed in four more attacks over the past week.

In the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on Wednesday, a police lieutenant was killed in a gunfight with wanted "terrorist elements," security officials said. They said one "terrorist" was killed and another wounded, adding that police retrieved an explosives-laden belt and two home-made bombs.

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