Egyptian minister survives assassination attempt
A photo from the blast in Nasr City (Photo : Screen Shot from ONTV, courtesy of Ahram Online)
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The Egyptian interior minister survived an assassination attempt on his convoy in Cairo on Thursday after a bomb targeted his car in the Nasr City district of the capital.
According to Egyptian security sources who spoke to Reuters, at least 10 people were injured in the blast, but Mohamed Ibrahim, the minister, escaped unscathed.
Mohamed Ibrahim, who lives in Nasr City, is among those responsible for the violent crackdown the Egyptian state implemented against Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of recently ousted Mohamed Morsi.
Morsi was removed from office on July 3 by the army. Several weeks of violent clashes between Islamists and the newly imposed Egyptian government ensued. Over 100 leading members of the group were killed in the clashes, and the authorities have been lauching an arrest campaign against the top tier of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egytpain security sources say the bomb exploded in close proximity to his convoy, with state-run Nile TV reporting that Ibrahim was not injured in the attack, Reuters reported.
A Reuters reporter at the scene said witnesses had reported seeing a car explode while the minister's car was close by. Blood and pieces of flesh were scattered on the ground, the news agency reported.