Assassination attempt on Omar Suleiman confirmed

Ahram Online, Thursday 24 Feb 2011

Egypt's foreign minister confirms rumours that the former vice president's life was targeted during the height of the revolution

Assassination attempt on Suleiman confirmed
Omar Suleiman

Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit confirmed on Hayat TV Wednesday that Omar Suleiman had been the subject of a failed assassination attempt during his brief stint as vice president.

One of the countless rumours that whirled around during the height of the Egyptian revolution, it was vehemently denied by the government at the time. However Abul-Gheit stated that he had personally seen Suleiman’s vehicle, which was riddled with bullets after a group in a stolen ambulance fired at it in the Mansheyet El-Bakry area of Heliopolis, Cairo.

The foreign minister also said that one security personnel was killed in the operation and Suleiman's driver and a guard were seriously injured.

Abul-Gheit is one of the few remaining minsters to keep his post since the resignation of former president Hosni Mubarak.

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