Islamic State tried to assassinate Egypt’s protection and inside ministers in December throughout a visit the pair made to the Sinai Peninsula, the place the hardline militant group has been waging an insurgency for nearly 5 years.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi mentioned on Friday that Islamic State militants would quickly be defeated within the Sinai as he visited troops battling the jihadists there.
Polls will open on Monday when voters select between Sisi and one little-known candidate who helps the previous discipline marshal. All credible opponents dropped out in January, citing intimidation by the authorities after the principle challenger was jailed.
Sisi’s critics say he has cracked down harshly on dissent and that robust financial reforms have eroded his recognition. Supporters say such measures are wanted to stabilize Egypt, which was rocked by years of unrest after protests toppled veteran chief Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
As navy commander, Sisi led the ousting of Egypt’s solely competitively-elected chief, President Mohamed Mursi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was toppled amid demonstrations towards his rule in 2013, a yr after taking energy. Sisi took workplace with a landslide election victory a yr later.
State information company MENA blamed the Brotherhood, which is now banned in Egypt and designated a terrorist group, for Saturday’s bombing.
“This try comes within the context of terrorist Muslim Brotherhood parts attempting to disrupt the electoral course of and affect residents into not going to the polls and collaborating within the presidential election,” the company mentioned.
Islamic State and different militant teams have efficiently assassinated officers lately. Islamic State bombed a resort in Sinai in 2015 throughout a parliamentary election, killing seven folks together with two judges overseeing the vote.
Egypt’s prime public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, was killed by a automotive bomb in June 2015.