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Monday, June 29, 2015

Egypt’s Prosecutor General dies following bomb attack in Cairo, suspect arrested

Bomb attack of Egypt's Prosecutor General's convoy in Cairo,
(Image: Ahram Online)
Egypt’s Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat has died from fatal injuries he suffered following the car bomb attack.

Hisham Barakat’s official convoy was hit by the bomb earlier on Sunday, 29 June, in Cairo’s upscale district of Heliopolis, near the Military Academy, according to MENA and Al-Ahram Arabic.

According to the police officials an explosive device was planted in one of the security vehicles of the Prosecutor’s convoy when it detonated, causing a strong explosion and the fire, as many cars were set ablaze.

Hisham Barakat was transported for the treatment to Al-Nozha hospital, where he underwent serious surgery, according to the Health Ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar. Egypt’s Prosecutor General suffered ruptures to the nose and his left shoulder and also massive internal bleeding in his lungs and abdomen. Despite the efforts of the doctors Hisham Barakat has passed away due to the complicated injuries.

At least nine people were reported to be wounded in an attack, among them two drivers of Barakat’s convoy, five members of security source and one civilian, all of them were transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

At least eleven cars were reported to be destroyed as a result of the bombing.

Police and Security forces have sealed an area, as the experts work on the scene and investigation was ordered.

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi held an emergency meeting with Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar and other members of the ministry and urged to tighten security measures and to find perpetrators of an attack.

Hisham Barakat, Egypt's Prosecutor General, assassinated
on 29 June in Cairo
(Image: Egyptian Streets)
Later on Tuesday Egypt's police arrested a suspect accused of killing Prosecutor General. 23 year old unemployed man claimed in his facebook post that one pro-Morsi group called Giza Popular Resistance Brigade was behind an attack.

Egypt TV cancelled all the entertainment programs on Tuesday due to death of the state Prosecutor General.

Funeral of Hisham Barakat was held on Tuesday, 30 June. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and the state high officials and military figures attended the funeral ceremony.

Hisham Barakat was appointed as Egypt’s Prosecutor General under the rule of interim President Adly Mansour in July 2013 following resignation of the previous Prosecutor General, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. Hisham Barakat was seen by many supporters of currently banned Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi as instrumental in a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood group that started since July 2013.

It’s worth mentioning also that thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members and prominent figures are currently under arrest, either facing trial or facing serious sentences. Thus, Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi along with other prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures, such as the group’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and others, was sentenced to death recently. Many members of Muslim Brotherhood received either death sentences or were sentenced to life in prison.

Many supporters of currently banned and outlawed Muslim Brotherhood see these sentences and trials as political oppression targeting particular groups of Egyptian society.

Egypt’s security forces, army and judges faced numerous terrorist attacks since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in 2013, yet the assassination of Egypt’s Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat appeared to be the first successful assassination of a top official in Egypt since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi and a wave of terrorist attacks and bombings throughout the country.