Egyptian prosecutor general dies in Cairo attack

Barakat was key figure in anti-Morsi trial

29 June, 20:01

    Egyptian firefighters work at the scene of a bombing targeting the convoy of the Egyptian Prosecutor General, in Heliopolis, Cairo Egyptian firefighters work at the scene of a bombing targeting the convoy of the Egyptian Prosecutor General, in Heliopolis, Cairo

    CAIRO - Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat died of wounds suffered in an attack on Monday morning in the Egyptian capital, reported medical and security sources. Barakat died in a hospital in Cairo's eastern suburb Heliopolis, where he was hospitalized immediately after the attack. The prosecutor general died of ''heavy internal bleeding and damage to his lungs and stomach'', the medical sources said.

    The MENA news agency and state TV confirmed the news. The attack occurred on Monday morning after Barakat left his home to go to his office in the Heliopolis area, reported the interior ministry, adding that ''a bomb inside a vehicle exploded when the prosecutor's car was passing''.

    The ministry added that two policemen were injured in the attack and that the bomb had been remotely detonated. The explosion destroyed 10 vehicles at the site of the attack.

    Barakat, 65, was a key figure of the Egyptian judiciary after the 2013 ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, putting thousands of followers and sympathizers of the Muslim Brotherhood on trial. The terrorist cell Moqawma Al-Shabia, which has links to the Brotherhood, claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter. The attack happened on the second anniversary of the ousting of Islamist president Morsi. Barakat's funeral will be held on Tuesday in the Egyptian capital, security forces said.

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