Cairo security chief sacked after terrorist attacks

By 10:48 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 Comments


The Egyptian Interior Ministry sacked Cairo security chief

Osama Bedir on Thursday, state-run news agency MENA

reported.

“Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar ordered the removal

of Cairo police chief General Osama Bedair, and assigned

General Khalid Abdel Aal to replace him,” a statement

released by the interior ministry said, without giving the

reason for the decision.

The sacking of the security head of Cairo came days after a

series of terrorist attacks in North Sinai and other provinces,

including Cairo.

On July 11, a car bomb exploded outside the Italian

consulate in downtown Cairo, killing a civilian and wounding

nine others. The jihadist Islamic State group later claimed

the bomb attack.

The incident came days after another car bomb attack in

Cairo, which killed the country’s top prosecutor Hisham

Barakaton.

Clashes have been common between the army and

terrorists, especially in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

In its annual report released in late May, Egypt’s National

Council for Human Rights said since 2013, the violence has

resulted in the death of 2,600 people, including 700 police

and army men, 550 civilians and 1,250 of Morsi’s Muslim

Brotherhood members and supporters.


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