Egypt's interior minister survives assassination attempt
CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egypt's interior minister survived an assassination attempt unhurt on Thursday when a remote-controlled bomb blew up as his convoy drove through Cairo's Nasr City district. Security officials said at least two people were killed and at least 10 wounded, but they gave no further details.
The minister, Mr Mohamed Ibrahim, was among those who oversaw a violent crackdown on supporters of Mr Mohamed Mursi, the Islamist president ousted two months ago by the army following mass protests against his rule.
Asked by reporters whether the attack marked the start of "a new wave of terrorism", Mr Ibrahim said: "What happened today is not the end but the beginning."
Mr Ibrahim said this week that he was informed of plans to kill him, and that "foreign elements" were involved. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, head of the armed forces, supplied him with an armoured car identical to the one he uses, he said.