Killing of interior minister aide only fuels our determination: Egypt's PM

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jan 2014

Hazem El-Beblawy
Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawy (Photo: AP)

Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawy said Tuesday the killing of an interior minister aide, which took place earlier the same day, will only "fuel the authorities' determination to fight terrorism".

Offering his condolences to the victim's family, Beblawy condemned the incident, saying policemen "will keep protecting this nation no matter what."

Two assailants riding a motorcycle targeted General Mohamed Said, head of the interior minister's technical office, while he was leaving his home near the governorate building and Talbiya police station, the interior ministry said in a statement.

The surrounding area has been cordoned off while investigations continue.

Egypt has witnessed a surge in attacks by Islamist militants in Cairo, the Nile Delta and the Sinai Peninsula.

Four bombs exploded in Cairo the day before the third anniversary of the 25 January revolution, including one at the capital's main police headquarters which killed four people and damaged the nearby Islamic Museum.

The interior minister escaped an assassination attempt in September.

A militant group called Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

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