Egyptian Muslim Militant Calls Army to Assassinate Clinton, Barak
An Egyptian Islamic militant called on his country's army to kill US President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak on their next visits to Egypt, in a statement faxed to AFP Wednesday.
Clinton and Barak were both in Egypt this week for the Sharm el-Sheikh emergency Middle East summit, which brokered a ceasefire agreement to end three weeks of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Rifai Ahmed Taha, a self-declared leader of Egypt's largest Muslim extremist group Gamaa Islamiya, said Egyptian soldiers "should have fired a hail of bullets at their heads ... rather than protecting them" at the summit.
"As this did not happen at Sharm el-Sheikh, we hope our soldiers or officers will do it the next time" Egypt welcomes them, he said.
Rifai Ahmed Taha declares himself to be "one of the leaders of Gamaa Islamiya in Egypt," but according to recent reports he is no longer at the head of the organization which has become fragmented.
The movement, which claimed responsibility for the massacre of 58 foreign tourists in November 1997 at a Pharaonic site in Luxor, southern Egypt, declared an end to violent acts in March 1999 – CAIRO (AFP)
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