A failed assassination bid against Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman has left two of his bodyguards dead, according to a media report.
The incident was reported by Fox News which said, "Such an attempt on the life of Omar Suleiman would mark an alarming turn in the uprising against the government of President Hosni Mubarak, who only recently named Suleiman as Vice President in an effort to quell the unrest and possibly line up a successor."White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, however, refused to comment on the issue.
"I am not going to... get into that question," Gibbs was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that the Obama Administration is urgently trying to persuade opposition groups to participate in a dialogue with Suleiman in a meeting scheduled for today.
The Obama administration, the daily said, has urged Egyptian military to back the dialogue.
"In conversations with Defence Minister Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi and Lt Gen Sami Enan, the military chief, administration officials stressed the importance of preserving the army's position as the most respected institution in
Egypt," the daily said.
Yesterday, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates called his Egyptian counterpart for the fourth time.
"At the Saturday meeting, the administration hopes that government and opposition leaders will begin to draw the contours of a multi-step transition, including the immediate suspension of harsh emergency laws and establishment of a roadmap for constitutional change and free and fair elections," The Washington Post reported.