Attacks in Egypt kill 4 ahead of presidential vote

CAIRO - Attacks by suicide bombers in a town in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula and a separate bombing near a courthouse in Cairo killed at least four people Friday, authorities said, the latest violence ahead of the country's coming presidential election.


The May election comes as retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fatteh al-Sissi, who led last year's overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi,
appears poised to win on a wave of nationalistic fervor as campaigning officially will begin Saturday. Morsi supporters meanwhile continue to protest in the streets, with their demonstrations Friday seeing two people killed.


In the Sinai town of el-Tor, one suicide bomber dressed in traditional Bedouin clothes blew himself up at an army checkpoint shortly after dawn, killing one soldier and wounding five, military spokesman Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said in a statement. Egypt's Health Ministry said two people were killed in the attack. The discrepancy could not be immediately resolved.


The second bomber blew himself up in front of a bus, killing one passenger and wounding three, authorities said. Officials said they would analyze DNA from the bombers' remains to identify them. (AP)