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Hisham Barakat, Egypt’s State Prosecutor, Dies After Attack on His Cairo Convoy

Bomb Attack Kills Egypt State Prosecutor 0:23

CAIRO — Egypt's state prosecutor has died of wounds sustained in a bomb attack on his convoy Monday in a Cairo suburb, according to the country's official news agency.

MENA said 65-year-old Hisham Barakat died in a hospital on Monday after undergoing surgery.

He is the top Egyptian official to be assassinated since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi two years ago.

Hours earlier, a strong explosion had ripped through Barakat's convoy in the busy upscale eastern suburb of Heliopolis as he was driving to his office in the downtown.

The attack came as Egyptian security forces were already on high alert on the eve of the second anniversary of massive anti-Islamist demonstrations that paved the way, days later, for the military's ouster of Morsi.

Image: Bombing targets convoy of Egyptian Prosecutor General
Smoke and flames rise above a burning cars at the scene of a bombing targeting the convoy of the Egyptian Prosecutor General, in a northern suburb of Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt on Monday. HATEM SAFWAT / EPA