Egypt interior minister forced to leave security officer's funeral

Ahram Online, Monday 10 Jun 2013

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim leaves funeral of security officer killed in Sinai Peninsula after mourners chant against President Morsi

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Egypt's Interiors Minister Mohamed Ibrahim (Photo: Ahram Online)

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim was forced to leave the funeral of a security officer killed in the Sinai Peninsula after mourners began chanting against President Mohamed Morsi.

Ibrahim and senior ministry officials left the funeral – held on Monday at the El-Shorta Mosque in Cairo's Al-Darasa district – after prayers but before the military ceremony, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Captain Mohamed Abdel-Aziz Abu-Shakra, a 30-year-old member of the counterterrorism department at the national internal security agency, was killed on Sunday by suspected militants in Al-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula.

Relatives and colleagues of Abu-Shakra chanted "Leave!" against President Morsi.

Militants have stepped up attacks in the Sinai Peninsula amid a breakdown in law and order following the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

In May, seven security personnel were abducted by militants outside Al-Arish. They were later freed by their abductors. Last year, suspected militants killed 16 Egyptian soldiers near the border with Gaza and Israel.


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