A mob armed with knives attacked a senior lawmaker from Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood on Monday hours after he accused the government of already rigging next week's parliamentary election, the group said.
The crowd swarmed a car carrying Saad el-Katatni in southern Egypt, slashing the tires, breaking windows and injuring his driver, said another Brotherhood member, Walid Shalaby. Onlookers intervened and the lawmaker was not hurt, he said. The attack took place as el-Katatni returned to his home constituency of Minya.
Earlier in the day, he and other top Brotherhood members held a news conference in Cairo where they asserted that a police crackdown on the group before Sunday's election threatens to turn the polls into a sham.
The Muslim Brotherhood is the top rival to the ruling party of President Hosni Mubarak heading into the vote, which comes amid widespread discontent over rising food prices. Mubarak has been in power for 30 years and has long been accused of presiding over a police state. Presidential polls follow next year.