The province has appointed a special prosecutor to the trial of Kyle Robert McKee.

McKee made his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

He is a white supremacist accused of two counts of attempted murder after an improvised explosive device was detonated in northeast Calgary earlier this month.

The 24-year-old is a veteran member of the Aryan Guard, a controversial group that has staged a number of marches and rallies in Calgary.

His lawyer will seek bail for his client.

McKee will be back in court January 5.

A special prosecutor usually deals with cases that are particularly sensitive and complex.