Gunmen kill Egyptian general; ousted Mursi defiant at trial
CAIRO (REUTERS) - Islamist militant gunmen on a motorcycle killed a top Interior Ministry official in Cairo on Tuesday in the latest blow to a military-backed Egyptian government struggling to curb violence and suppress dissent.
General Mohamed Saeed, head of the ministry's technical office, was shot in his car outside his home in daytime.
A Sinai-based militant group inspired by Al-Qaeda, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, said it carried out the attack against the"apostate, criminal" Saeed.
The shooting occurred hours before deposed President Mohamed Mursi appeared in court on charges of kidnapping and killing policemen after a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising that ended President Hosni Mubarak's three decades of autocracy.