Islamist candidate in Egypt elections shot dead in Sinai

Cairo, October 25, AZERTAC

Gunmen shot dead an Islamist candidate in Egypt's parliamentary elections in North Sinai on Saturday, officials said.

Mostafa Abdel Rahman, a candidate for the Al-Nur party which is seen as pro-government, was gunned down by two assailants on a motorbike outside his home in the town of El-Arish, police officials said.

Nur Party secretary general Galal al-Murra confirmed his death to AFP.

Police officials say they believe jihadists targeted the candidate to undermine the elections.

Abdel Rahman, who also acted as the North Sinai secretary general for the party, would be the first politician killed by militants in the two-year insurgency since Morsi's overthrow.

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