Egypt's chief prosecutor injured in bomb blast

2015-06-29 11:56

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Cairo - Egypt's chief prosecutor was injured on Monday when a bomb blast hit his convoy in northern Cairo, health and security officials said.

Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat was hospitalised with injuries to his face and shoulder, but his life was not in danger, the officials told dpa on condition of anonymity.

Two of Barakat's guards and a civilian were also injured. Television footage showed at least five burnt-out vehicles at the scene.

The officials said that the bomb was planted on Barakat's route from his home to his office.

Security forces cordoned off the area to search for any further explosives.

In September 2013, Egypt's then interior minister Mohammed Ibrahim survived a similar attack.

Scores of policemen have died in gun and bomb attacks in Cairo since August 2013, when the security forces killed hundreds of protesters calling for the return of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Prosecutors have played a key role in the crackdown on the Islamist movement, referring hundreds of alleged Morsi supporters to trial on charges including the murder of policemen, violence, holding illegal demonstrations and belonging to an illegal organisation.

Morsi himself was sentenced to death on June 16, along with other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, on charges of organising a prison break during the 2011 uprising against long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.

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