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Egyptian interior minister survives assassination attempt

February 7, 2014 at 12:09 am

At least four Egyptians were wounded on Thursday when the convoy of the Egyptian Interior Minister, Mohamed Ibrahim, was targeted by a roadside bomb in Cairo.

Egyptian media sources said that the bomb made a huge explosion when the convoy entered Mostafa Al-Nahhas Street coming from the minister’s house. Ibrahim escaped the attack.

Initial reports said that the explosion was caused by a car bomb blast, but later on it was confirmed that it was a roadside bomb that was detonated by a wireless device from afar.

The explosion caused much destruction to the nearby shops and houses.

Interior ministry sources said that the explosion destroyed four cars in the convoy and was followed by heavy shooting.

Egyptian state TV said that an explosive device was thrown from the top of a nearby building and detonated near the minister’s convoy just after it left his place of residence.

According to Al-Ahram newspaper, when the minister arrived at his office, he held a press conference and described the assassination attempt as “villainous.”