Egypt's Top Prosecutor Killed in Explosion
|Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat.|
Egypt's top prosecutor was assassinated Monday morning, dying in an explosion near his home in Cairo, state-run media reported.
The blast targeted the convoy of Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat and destroyed several cars in the eastern neighborhood of Heliopolis. Six other people were reported injured.
Initial media reports had called Barakat's injuries grave, but Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar had insisted on state TV that none of the injuries was life-threatening.
Police said they had no details yet on the cause of the explosion.
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Barakat's death came a day before the second anniversary of the mass protests against former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy.
The military removed Morsy from office in July 2013. Since then, security services in the country have imposed a deadly cracked down on members of Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood, which the Egyptian government calls a terrorist organization.