TEHRAN,Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Egypt has stepped up its battle with militants ahead of the vote on March 26-28. Cairo launched the latest military offensive against a Daesh branch in Sinai which has killed hundreds of police and soldiers and some civilians since it launched an insurgency in 2014.
Daesh, an enemy of al Qaeda, released a video on Sunday in which it warned Egyptians against taking part in the vote and called for attack on security forces and leaders.
In an undated audio recording, the Egyptian-born Zawahiri did not issue any specific threat, and did not mention any election, Reuters said.
"I call on everyone ... to work to uproot this apostate, criminal and corrupt regime, and to jihad with weapons, money, word and actions, raids and ambushes, strikes and protests," Zawahiri said in the recording.
Al Qaeda first posted the recording in its Telegram channel on Wednesday. The group has not recently claimed attacks in Egypt, but a group linked to it claimed a deadly assault on police in Egypt's western desert in October last year.
Zawahiri has publicly criticized Daesh for its brutal methods, which have included beheadings, drownings and immolation.