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Monday, June 29, 2015

Egypt’s Prosecutor General injured in a bomb attack in Cairo

Hisham Barakat, Egypt's Prosecutor General
(Image: Egyptian Streets)
Egypt’s Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat was injured in a car bomb attack on Sunday, 29 June, as his convoy was hit in Heliopolis, Cairo, near the Heliopolis Military Academy, according to MENA and Al-Ahram Arabic.

An explosive device was placed in one of the security vehicles of Hisham Barakat’s convoy. An explosion occurred when Prosecutor General was leaving his residence in Cairo’s upscale district Heliopolis. Eyewitnesses say they’ve heard a loud sound of a blast, watched through the windows and saw a motorcycle in fire and several cars set ablaze.

Health Ministry spokesperson Abdel Ghaffar said that Hesham Barakat sustained injuries and was transported to Al-Nozha Hospital, where he is being treated. There are currently conflicting reports about his condition. 

Three other persons were also seriously injured in an attack, among them two officers from Barakat’s convoy and one civilian. All of them were also transported to the hospital.

11 cars were destroyed as a result of an explosion.

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

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for an attack. More details to come soon.