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Egypt's top prosecutor dies from injuries sustained in bomb attack

This is the first successful assassination attempt against a state official since an upswing in violence following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Jun 2015
The site of a bombing that killed Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat
An Egyptian policeman stands guard at the site of a bombing that killed Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, June 29, 2015 (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's top prosecutor Hisham Barakat died from injuries sustained in a Cairo bomb attack on Monday, the first successful assassination attempt against a state official since an upswing in violence following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Barakat suffered internal bleeding in the lungs and stomach and fractures to the nose and left shoulder, health ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told Ahram Online. He was taken to the operating room at Al-Nozha hospital in Heliopolis, where he succumbed to his injuries hours after the attack.

Nine people, including two drivers and five members of the security forces, were injured when a bomb hit the prosecutor's convoy near the military academy in the upscale district of Heliopolis, Abdel-Ghaffar said. The blast damaged the fronts of nine houses and destroyed 31 vehicles, four of which were torched, a security source told state news agency MENA.

A car bomb had parked in a street near Barakat's house, through which his convoy would pass every day on his way to work, the justice ministry said. When it went off, Barakat's vehicle, along with others, were swept away and quickly caught fire.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

A judicial source said that Zakaria Abd El-Aziz has been appointed as Egypt's acting prosecutor-general following the assassination of Barakat, the Ahram Arabic news website has reported. Abd El-Aziz, who was a judge at the Cairo Court of Appeal, had served as assistant prosecutor-general since April.

Egypt's state TV has reported that a military funeral will take place for Barakat Tuesday noon in El-Moshir Tantawy Mosque in Cairo's upper class Fifth Settlement.

"Egypt has lost a great judicial figure who has shown dedication to work and commitment to the ethics of the noble judicial profession," Egypt's presidency said in a statement, describing the attack as an "act of terrorism".

The presidency also announced the cancelation of celebrations commemorating the second anniversary of the 30 June events, in which Morsi was ousted from power.

The US embassy in Cairo issued a short statement describing the incident as a "heinous terrorist attack", part of worldwide condemnation of Barakat's killing.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar right after the attack. El-Sisi urged the ministry to tighten security measures and find the perpetrators.

Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry mourned the loss of Barakat and renewed calls for the international community to rise up to the level of terrorist threat worldwide in order to eliminate it.

Egypt's political parties from across the political spectrum, including the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party and left-of-center Constitution Party, also condemned the attack and mourned the loss of Barakat. "All Egyptians should unite now to face the terrorism," said Essam Khalil, secretary general of the liberal Free Egyptians Party.

Egyptian stocks fell following the assassination of Barakat. Benchmark index, EGX30, usually drops after major militant attacks.

Earlier on Monday, the Islamic State-affiliated jihadist group Sinai Province, previously known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis before proclaiming allegiance to IS, released a video that shows their attack on judges in North Sinai's Al-Arish in May. A title at the bottom of the screen reads "Assassination of five of the tyrant's judges."

The IS-affiliated Sinai Province claimed responsibility for a number of large-scale militant attacks across Egypt, including the previous assassination attempt against a state official, which former Egypt interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim escaped unscathed in September 2013. The bomb attack on Ibrahim in Cairo left one civilian dead and 21 injured, including six policemen and a child.

Islamist militants, who have primarily targeted security forces since the removal of Morsi over the past two years, have more recently targeted several judges amid the conviction of many Morsi supporters in terror-related cases. In January, a bomb attack targeting judge Khaled Mahgoub, who is representing the general prosecution in Morsi's jailbreak trial, caused damage to the windows and walls of his house.

In March, a small bomb was left in front of the house of judge Fathi Bayoumi, who investigated the corruption charges against Mubarak-era interior minister Habib El-Adly. The words "a gift for El-Adly's acquittal" were scribbled on a wall near the attack.

Ahmed Ban, a researcher specialised in Islamist groups, told Ahram Online that the attack on Barakat's convoy was "expected”, especially within the current context of "inciting" religious preachers supporting "terrorist groups", and the previous targeting of judges and judicial figures. "All these indicators allowed us to predict a major attack against the judiciary," he said.

Barakat took over as Egypt's chief prosecutor following the reign of a "private" prosecution chosen by the Muslim Brotherhood under Morsi, Ban added, and so it is understandable that he would top a hit list.

Sixty-five-year-old Barakat was sworn in as Egypt's top prosecutor under the rule of interim president Adly Mansour in July 2013. He was due to keep his position until 2020.

Supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood accuse Egypt's judiciary of issuing politicised sentences, including against the group's supreme guide Mohamed Badie and Morsi, who also hails from the Brotherhood. Both are among dozens of the now banned group's members who have been sentenced to death.

After the assassination of Barakat, the Brotherhood, on the website of its now-defunct political wing the Freedom and Justice Party, said "murder is unacceptable" but added that "there is no way to stop bloodshed except by crushing the military coup and empowering the revolution”, saying only "justice can stop the violence".

Ban says the authorities should show wisdom and professionalism in keeping up with "the current challenges", and should carefully review their current strategy to combat militant groups, especially as these groups show advanced organisational and combat skills. Ban said he expects more attacks and assassination attempts targeting government figures.

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NASER
30-06-2015 05:06pm
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Now the Winner are the Big Looser in History Page . . .
Bombing it is NOT the solution of any conflicts. I am sure in this event there is any role of the MB.7 because in past less than hundred years of the MB movement shows us the clear picture of this program.
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M omsri
30-06-2015 05:30am
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Iran and Qatar's Fingerprints all over this
Smells like the work of a Intelligence Agency.
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Aladdin, Alex
30-06-2015 12:43am
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Sorry
I should not suggest the killing of hijackers of Islam. It is better to put them in desert camps and try to reform them.
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Key
29-06-2015 10:27pm
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MB the foreign western backed terrorists
The MB have been a useful tool for western regimes in creating chaos and corruption both in religious and worldly affairs and served as a useful proxy to help achieve geo-political agendas. This is beyond the MB (Mogremeen Brotherhood). This is the work of external western foreign powers where the MB simply execute the greater plan of a greater western project at further dividing the ME.
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very
29-06-2015 10:15pm
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two star hotels
What will be the response????? Nothing !!! Earlier dramatic events produced lengthy procedures but little action! Prisons are becoming two star hotels! Some claim higher star ranking than that!
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Khan
29-06-2015 09:59pm
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To kill human been is not good
Only prosecutor is human been what about those 50000 thousand protesters in Al Adavia? Why world driving one way traffic? All high profile people involed a big crime
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AMS
29-06-2015 09:53pm
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Time to Hang Morsi
It is time to hang Morsi and his gang. The Egyptian Government should hang one of the MB leaders every time a terrorist attack happens. Remember when ISIS burned the Jordanian pilot? The Jordanian Government hung Sajda hours later. Now, it is Egypt turn to hang Morsi, Badi' Shater, or others for the assassination of Mr. Barakat.
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Key
30-06-2015 11:15pm
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You wish it was divided
Egypt is not divided Ebrahim as terrorists are not part of common society. You are projecting a false image of Egypt. The MB terrorist group that kill Egyptians daily are not part of Egyptian society and never again will they be accepted by the PEOPLE into Egyptian society. Furthermore Morsi is a jail convict and runaway ascending to presidency by illegitimate count. The votes were rigged. Egyptians know it. Egypt has never been so united as one nation as we were before our June 30 REVOLUTION!! Using religion in the name of power has it's consequences with God and as you can see the MB are paying the price in this world and they will in the hereafter.
Ebrahim
30-06-2015 02:49am
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Egypt is divided
Key, you wrote: We the people of EGYPT are united as ONE. -- This not true, it is a divided country. The MB won all the elections, but they dont have absolue majority. I guess around 40%. However, whether you like it or not. It is still the major political party in Egypt!
Key
29-06-2015 11:21pm
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Let's leave this to the Egyptian Law
I do agree with you on a political level but Egypt is not Jordan and we must respect the rule of Egyptian law. Morsi will get hung if deemed so but at the right time when all judicial avenues are finalized i.e. his appeals. Additionally, we say this to all western foreign entities who are behind this cowardly terrorist act along with the MB. Your cowardly actions you continue to pursue since the 1920's will not phase the people of Egypt. A) We the people of EGYPT are united as ONE. B) The Judiciary is independent from any political decisions. C) The Judiciary will continue to hand over death sentences to your terrorist MB cult despite your cowardly bombs you work effortlessly with the MB in planting.
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Ahmed
29-06-2015 09:25pm
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Violence drives Violence
Political assassinations by terrorists or otherwise are cowardly acts. If we were to put ideology and religion aside, and ask ourselves what is the solution for all this? for sure its not killing all Army/Political People or killing/jailing all MB People, otherwise we're in for 50 years of massacres and a war of attrition with no winners, but all Egyptians will be losers. When would cool and level-headed people prevail and find a peaceful end to all this? It is easy for the few Expats and foreign observers to call for hard-line response from a safe home and a detached family, but for those Egyptians who are living this hell day in and day out; enough is enough ...
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American Muslim Expat
30-06-2015 06:31am
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How Allah instructs us to settle differences
The real and critical issue here is what I said long ago. We have perfect guidance in The Holy Qur'an, in the example fo the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) and really all the Prophets,etc. At the time of the advent of The Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) the pepole of Arabia were trapped in an endless cycle of violence, blood feuds and revenge. What was the Prophet's example?He settled disputes, he brought people together, he didn't go into Mecca, against the very people who had murdered Muslims, murdered and martyred members of his own family-and seek vengeance, label them terrorists, oppress them, persecute them in sham, mass trials, declare and outlaw opposition to his rule and way as being terrorism,compare peaceful demonstrators to terrorists, slaughter peaceful demonstrators and murder them in prison vans then lie about, he didn't do those things. The Holy Qur'an, if we want to follow that, and the Prophet's example, tells us of the need to bring warring tribes and factions together, and tells us
Ahmed
30-06-2015 02:19am
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Friends are welcome
Expat, you and genuine supporters of the Egyptian economy are most welcome, however if the proverbial stuff start to hit the fan; foreign nationals and well-do-do Egyptians will take the next flight out to wherever. The poor Egyptians, whom are the majority, will be stranded here for decades to come, we will end up like Yemen or Syria; secular killing Islamists and islamists killing army and police ... what is the point!
expat
29-06-2015 10:03pm
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friend...
i am living amongst your flock since 2009 constantly,through all the revolution,military rule,mursis rule,sisis rule etc...and believe me one thing,my family says as well,its enough....but you cannot stop this by bringing the MB back to the table,they are the motherorganisation of ALL islamic djihadi groups,they must be eradicated to the end
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Karim
29-06-2015 08:41pm
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It is enough
They crossed the Red Line!!! Islamists must go to Hell
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expat
29-06-2015 08:28pm
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lets talk about the obvious...
lets talk about security... if the government is not able to at least secure the highest ranking targets in any rebells list(prosecuters) in a professional manner,then the state has an issue because,if this specific targets cannot be controlled,how you want to fight truck bombs against tourists locations for example? or state institutions,cairo is a nightmare as it is for security, but all that sleeping dolls called police since 2011 should be woken up and kicked in the b...s back to work
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very
29-06-2015 09:58pm
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Need for total overhaul!!
Agree. The police force is anything but professional. You can analyse until you are blue in the face but they are simply unable to do the job. It is a mix of motivation, technology, management and the will to act. The outcome is apathy, absolute apathy!!!
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