Egyptian police detain an alleged member of the Muslim Brotherhood and student of al-Azhar University in Cairo following clashes with security forces on May 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STR
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A top Egyptian jihadist has been killed, security officials said Friday, ahead of next week's election expected to sweep ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi into the presidency on a pledge to eradicate terrorism.Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has claimed some of the deadliest and most high-profile attacks on security forces since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July.The group is thought to have been founded in 2011 in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprising that ended the 30-year rule of president Hosni Mubarak.A home-made bomb went off Friday in front of a fuel station run by the army in Cairo's Nasr City district soon after a march by pro-Morsi protesters was dispersed there by security forces who used tear gas, security officials said, adding there were no casualties in the blast.Voting for presidential election takes place on Monday and Tuesday.
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