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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Yesterday’s terrorist bombing top coverage on the airwaves

Yesterday’s terrorist bombing, widely considered a failed assassination attempt on Alexandria’ security chief, was all the airwaves had to offer last night.

Experts and officials interviewed by the talking heads say that Daesh had nothing to do with it and that smaller groups were the culprits. National Terrorism Council member Khaled Okasha phoned in to Hona Al Asema to tell host Lamees Al Hadidi that the scope of the attack indicated the group was stretched for resources. The quantities of explosives used in the attack was lower than those in Daesh’ other attacks (watch, runtime: 28:16). Islamism researcher Ahmed Ban and political analyst Tharwat El Kharaby point to Hasm or Liwa Al Thawra as being the likely culprits (watch, runtime: 7:12). Guests on Masaa DMC also discussed the likelihood of an Ikhwan-affiliated organization being behind the attack (watch, runtime: 3:42).

Talking heads urged voters to remain undeterred by the attack, which they say was meant to discourage voting. Lamees and Kol Youm’s Amr Adib stressed the “stupidity” of the attack, as they would only galvanize people to come out and vote (watch, runtime: 5:16).

Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed made the rounds to confirm that two policemen were killed and five, including a student and four security personnel, were wounded in the explosion (watch, runtime: 3:13).

The talking heads also delved into the preparations for the election. Over 4,000 judges of the Administrative Prosecution Authority will supervise the presidential poll, a spokesman told Masaa DMC, adding that judges have started heading to the governorates to which they’ve been assigned, with the Armed Forces accompanying them for protection (watch, runtime: 4:21).

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