Egypt interior minister survives bomb
By Haitham El-Tabei and Sarah Benhaida, AFPCAIRO--Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim on Thursday survived a bomb attack on his convoy, emerging unscathed to warn the country faced a “wave of terrorism” amid a sweeping police crackdown on Islamists.
September 6, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Security officials said a car bomb struck the minister's convoy around 10:30 a.m. near his home in the Nasr City area, in the first such attack in Cairo in years.
The attack, which comes as the security forces press a clampdown on loyalists of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, has sparked fears of a resurgence of the Islamist militant assaults that plagued Egypt in the 1990s.
The interior ministry said Ibrahim's convoy was targeted by a “bomb,” without providing further details.
An official in the health ministry said seven people were wounded in the blast, while an interior ministry official said four policemen were injured, including one who lost his leg in the explosion.
Ibrahim emerged on state television hours after the attack to condemn the “cowardly assassination attempt,” saying his convoy was targeted by a bomb that wounded “many guards.”
He told reporters he had warned of such violence after the launch on August 14 of a crackdown on Islamists who had set up camps in Cairo to protest the army's removal of Morsi on July 3.
“I had warned before the dispersal of sit-ins in Rabaa and Nahda that there will be a wave of terrorism. This was expected,” Ibrahim said.
The cabinet pledged to “strike with an iron hand those who threaten national security.”
State news agency MENA said police immediately closed all access roads to the interior ministry in central Cairo after the blast.