CAIRO -- An armed man fired birdshot pellets at a motorcade escorting the Egyptian prime minister on Sunday, but officials characterized it as an accidental episode of road rage rather than an assassination attempt.
The prime minister, Hisham Qandil, was unharmed during the shooting, which highlighted the lawlessness and growing availability of weapons in Egypt since its uprising more than two years ago. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that around 11 p.m., a red pickup truck carrying five men who were on their way to fight other, unidentified people happened upon Mr. Qandil's motorcade.
When the prime minister's guards tried to keep the pickup truck away from the official procession, one of the men in the truck fired twice on the guards. The assailants, who ranged in age from 18 to 29, tried to flee, striking a police officer and a civilian with the truck before they were arrested. The statement said the shooting had "no political motivation."
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.