CAIRO - A senior Egyptian police officer was killed when a bomb exploded under his car outside his home near Cairo on Wednesday, state television and a security source said.

Brigadier-General Ahmed Zaki was killed in the explosion in 6th of October City, 32 km (20 miles) from the capital, the state-run Nile news TV station reported.

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Bombings and shootings targeting the police have become commonplace in Egypt since the army deposed president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July.

Egypt holds a presidential election in late May which former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win. Sisi, who deposed Morsi following mass protests against his rule, has vowed to crush the militant threat.

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