Egypt's interior minister survives car bomb assassination attempt
Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 01:26
Sept. 5 - Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim walks away unscathed after a bomb exploded near his convoy in Cairo. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Officials in Cairo are sifting through the rubble left by a car bomb in a failed assassination attempt against a top government official.
The attack killed at least two people and injured at least a dozen, including children and security officials, but the bomb did not kill Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, MOHAMED IBRAHIM, SAYING:
"All I can do is thank God. It was a vile attempt. The forensics lab informed me that it was a large bomb which was set off from afar and they targeted the exact timing of my convoy passing through that street because all of the explosion debris is directed at my car."
The attack destroyed a nearby building and several cars, including some in Ibrahim's convoy.
Officials say the minister's vehicle came under heavy gunfire during the attack.
One witness says he saw a car explode while the minister's car was close by.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WITNESS, YASSER YOUSEF, SAYING:
"I saw three people walking by and entering Mostafa al-Nahas Street and one more from this street behind me. This all happened exactly 15 minutes before the interior minister passed through here. When the minister was approaching and the traffic officer was starting to halt traffic for him, a small black car was speeding past us and a minute later the explosion happened."
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack ... part of a wave of violence after President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown by the military last month.
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