CAIRO: Unidentified assailants opened fire on a parliamentary candidate in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Dakahlia Monday, Youm7 reported.
The assailants reportedly opened fire at Ashraf Al Adrousy, 52, who was on his way home after holding a campaign event in Dakahlia’s village of Derb Monday evening.
Adrousy, who sustained injuries in his shoulder, was transferred to the nearest hospital before security forces combed the crime scene in search for the perpetrators.
This incident marks the second armed attack on a candidate running in the parliamentary elections. On Oct. 24, Mostafa Abdel-Rahman, parliamentary candidate of the Salafist Nour Party was assasinated outside his house in North Sinai’s city of Arish, Youm7 reported.
The second phase of Egypt’s long-awaited parliamentary elections is scheduled to kick off Nov. 21 in 13 governorates including Cairo, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Port Said and Sharqia with 27.5 million eligible voters.
The parliamentary elections are the third step in Egypt’s roadmap following the ratification of the constitution and presidential elections.
A total of 222 independent parliamentary seats will be available in the second phase, with 2,847 candidates competing in 102 constituencies, the High Election Committee (HEC) announced earlier this month.