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EGYPT’S INTERIOR MINISTER ESCAPED ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT

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Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim has survived, on Thursday 09/05/2013 at about 10:30, a bomb attack that targeted his convoy in Cairo.

Hours later, he appeared on state TV unharmed to denounce the attack as a “cowardly assassination bid”. Mohammed Ibrahim told state television that his convoy was targeted by a “large” explosive device that might have been detonated by remote control. “I have an officer with serious injuries and another officer with a leg amputation. There were many injuries amongst my guards.”

Security officials said the blast near Mohammed Ibrahim‘s home in Nasr City, a stronghold of the Islamist Muslims Brotherhood, appeared to have been caused by a suicide car bomb. More than 20 people were injured. No-one has yet said they carried out the attack. The Muslims Brotherhood “strongly condemned” what happened.

Mohammed Ibrahim heads the police force which has carried out a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protests in recent weeks (see – EGYPTS III REVOLUTION).

The attack arouses fears Egypt is facing a terror campaign. similar to the terror campaign that followed president Anwar Sadat‘s assassination by Islamist militants in 10/1981.

* In a statement appeared on the web few days later, Ansar Jerusalem, probably known also as Ansar Bait al-Maqdas, claimed responsibility for the failed assassination attempt on Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim

 

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