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Gunmen kill Egyptian general; ousted Mursi defiant at trial

Published on Jan 29, 2014 6:28 AM
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Relatives of General Mohamed Saeed, head of the technical office of the minister of interior, cry during his funeral in Cairo on Jan 28, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

 
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