On March 24, a booby-trapped car exploded near a convoy of Egyptian security forces while it was passing the Tolip Hotel in the Stanley neighborhood of the coastal city of Alexandria, according to the Russian RT TV.
The Ministry of Interior of Egypt revealed that Major General Mostafa al-Nemr, the head of security in Alexandria, had been the main target of the attack. He survived the incident. Two policemen were killed and four others were injured, according to the ministry.
Egypt: Explosion rocks Alexandria’s Stanley neighbourhood
Blast occurred near Tolip Hotel in the Stanley neighborhood of coastal Alexandria, witness reports say. https://t.co/1nLkNexLvZ pic.twitter.com/sCzd0cRZp3
— Dawan Media…DM. (@Nuh1) March 24, 2018
The attack came only two days before the Egyptian presidential election. Due to this, several Egyptian observers accused the Hassm Movement, the armed wing of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Party, of carrying out the attack in an attempt to sabotage the upcoming election.
The Hassam Movement was established by radical elements of the Muslim Brotherhood Party after the Egyptian Army had removed the Muslim Brotherhood from power in what had became known as the “2013 Egyptian coup d’état”. Since then, the movement has carried out a series of terrorist attacks against the government’s security forces.
Many Egyptian experts say that the Hassm Movement is backed by Qatar and Turkey, the two main supports of the Muslim Brotherhood Party in the Middle East.