Egyptian election candidate assassinated in North Sinai

Al Nour Party candidate Mostafa Abdel Rahman shot dead outside his home in Arish

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

A motorbike passes security forces in El Arish in the Sinai peninsula

An election candidate from Egypt’s Salafist Al Nour Party has been shot dead in North Sinai by unknown gunmen.

Mostafa Abdel Rahman, the Al Nour Party secretary for the city of Arish, was gunned down outside his home by two assailants who fled the scene on a motorbike, Egyptian police stated.

In a separate incident in Arish, a bomb explosion killed three police officers and injured eight others.

The ISIS militant group later claimed responsibility for the attack.

The region has been rife with militancy ever since former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, was deposed in a military coup in July 2013, after just one year in power.

The Al Nour Party won 28 percent of the vote in the 2012 election in which Morsi was elected, but later lost much of its support base for backing the government of coup orchestrator Abdel Fattah el Sisi, who went on to be elected as president in a sweeping victory in 2014 against just one other candidate.

Over a year since Sisi’s election and two years since the coup, Egypt is still struggling to return to stability as the state continues its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood movement, from which Morsi hails.

A number of leading Muslim Brotherhood figures, including Morsi, have also been sentenced to death along with hundreds of their supporters for what critics consider to be politically motivated charges.

TRTWorld and agencies