Egyptian Interior Minister escapes assassination attempt

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Egyptian Interior Minister escapes assassination attempt

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22 people have been injured, some seriously, following an assassination attempt on Egypt’s Interior Minister.

The Minister, Mohamed Ibrahim, was apparently targeted by a car bomb as his convoy drove him to work in Cairo.

Gunmen then strafed his vehicle, but Ibrahim escaped unscathed.

The injured included police and civilians.

Mohamed Kamal, lives nearby:
“What makes me sad is those who were injured are students at an Islamic institution which teaches Arabic. They are mainly African or Asian students, they come to Egypt to learn about the Islamic religion from Al-Azhar.”

The Minister has been involved in a crackdown on supporters of Mohamed Mursi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and democratically elected president of Egypt.

Mursi was overthrown by the army two months ago.

But the Muslim Brotherhood has condemned the attack.

In a statement the Interior Ministry said it was likely to have been a car driven by a suicide attacker.