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CAIRO, May 26 (Reuters) - Egypt's Interior Ministry denied an earlier report on state TV of a homemade bomb exploding outside a polling station in the city of El-Mahalla El-Kubra on Monday, on the first day of voting in presidential elections.
In a post on the ministry's Facebook page, it wrote that the explosion-like sound had in fact been a car backfiring.
Egypt has faced a surge in violence after the army ousted the country's first democratically elected president Mohamed Mursi in July following mass protests against his rule and announced a roadmap that would see presidential and parliamentary elections this year.
Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Giles Elgood