Egypt has deported a British journalist working for The Times, the newspaper said, describing an "increasingly oppressive environment" for media in the country ahead of next week's presidential election.
           
The Times said its correspondent, Bel Trew, who had been based in Cairo for several years, was arrested while reporting and "forced to leave Egypt."
           
"The Times deplores this attempt by the Egyptian authorities to intimidate the media and suppress our coverage," a statement by the newspaper said, adding that Egyptian authorities had "no intention of allowing (Trew) to return."
           
Egypt's government foreign press centre, the interior ministry, and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's office, did not respond to requests for comment.
           
Ms Trew said in a separate article published by The Times that she was detained by police in central Cairo on her way to conduct an interview, held for almost 24 hours and then "marched onto a plane" at Cairo airport bound for London.
           
Her deportation follows what human rights groups call a crackdown on press freedom aimed at stifling dissent in the run-up to next week's presidential election.        

Egyptian authorities have urged legal action against media outlets they deem to be publishing "fake news", and rights activists say several local journalists have also been arrested in recent months.
           
President Sisi, a former military commander, is virtually guaranteed to win a second term after all serious opposition pulled out of the race citing intimidation after a major challenger was jailed.
           
The election commission said the vote will be free and fair and Mr Sisi has said he wanted more candidates to run.
           
His critics say he has presided over an intensifying crackdown on dissent. 

Supporters say tough measures are needed to stabilise the country after years of unrest that followed a 2011 popular uprising.
           
A British Foreign Office spokeswoman said the British foreign secretary had raised Ms Trew's deportation with his Egyptian counterpart.
           
"The Egyptian authorities have not shared any evidence of wrongdoing. We will continue to press them on this case," she added.        

Meanwhile, a bomb placed under a car has exploded in in Egypt's second city Alexandria, killing two people including a policeman.

The car bomb attack in the northern port city happened just days ahead of Egypt's presidential election which starts on Monday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for today's bombing.

The so-called Islamic State released a video last month in which it warned Egyptians against taking part in the upcoming vote and urged Islamists to attack security forces and leaders.