Atef Sidqi Assassination Attempt

In November 1993, a few months after al-Jihad tried to kill Egyptian Interior Minister Hasan al-Alfi unsuccesfully, Zawahiri set off a car bomb as it was driving past a girls' school in Cairo, Egypt.

It was an assassination attempt on Egypt's Prime Minister, Atef Sidqi, but the minister escaped unhurt. Instead, the bomb injured twenty one people, and killed a school girl named Shayma Abdel-Halim.

The citizens of Egypt were outraged by the death of an innocent child, and were becoming more and more angered as more than 240 of their citizens had been killed by the Islamic Group. They protested against the al-Jihad and rattled the confidence of Zawahiri, who was responsible for the death of the little girl.