Egypt presidential hopeful attacked in carjacking

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By Aya Batrawy

CAIRO: One of Egypt’s top presidential hopefuls demanded police protection Friday after masked men stopped his car on the way back from a campaign event, beat him with the butt of an automatic rifle and stole his vehicle – an attack that many of his supporters fear may have been deliberate.
A lawmaker from the country’s most powerful political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, also was wounded in a hit-and-run Friday.

The two incidents demonstrate the disintegration of security in the country in the wake of the uprising a year ago that toppled Hosni Mubarak. As the country prepares for presidential elections expected to be held by the end of June, they also raise the spectre of politically-motivated violence as the campaign heats up.

Masked gunmen attacked Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh late Thursday as he was returning to Cairo from a campaign event north of the capital, said campaign spokesman Ali Bahnasawy. Abolfotoh is a former leader in the Muslim Brotherhood who is running independently for president.

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Posted on February 24, 2012, in Egypt and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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