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Egyptian Interior Minister ‘survives bomb explosion’

The bomb struck the convoy in Cairo’s Nasr City district.

Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, right,
Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, right,
Image: AP Photo/Amr Nabil

THE EGYPTIAN INTERIOR Minister, Mohammed Ibrahim, is said to have survived a bomb explosion in Cairo.

It is believed  car bomb targeting his convey struck this morning.

Security officials say the car bombing has targeted the convoy in Cairo’s Nasr City district, and that the minister has survived the attack.

They said it was not clear whether the late morning explosion was caused by a suicide car bombing or an explosives-laden car detonated by remote control.

The Interior Minister is in charge of the country’s police force.

Nasr City is a stronghold of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group from which ousted President Mohammed Morsi hails. It was also the site of a sit-in protest by his supporters that was stormed by police on August 14, killing hundreds.

The former leader of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, is due to stand trail for ‘inciting murder and violence’. Fourteen other suspects in his Muslim Brotherhood movement are also due to appear in court.

- Additional reporting Associated Press

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