CAIRO — Egypt security officials say that initial investigations show a car bomb was used in an attack that targeted the convoy of the interior minister.
The minister survived the attack today. Officials involved in the investigation say early results show that parked car was laden with explosives and blew up when Mohammed Ibrahim’s convoy passed.
A badly mangled body was found near the car, and investigators are working to determine whether it is that of a bystander, an attacker or a lookout tasked with giving word when the convoy passed, the officials said.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
At least 22 people were wounded.
The assassination attempt is the first such attack since the July 3 coup that toppled the country’s Islamist president.
The assassination attempt against Ibrahim, who is in charge of the police force, signaled the arrival in the capital of the sort of insurgency-style attacks that have been escalating in the Sinai Peninsula.
Sinai has been roiled in unrest and lawlessness for years, but Islamic militants have carried out more frequent and deadlier attacks on security forces there since Morsi’s ouster.
The bombing also harkened back to the insurgency waged by Islamic militants in the 1980s and 1990s against the rule of the autocratic Hosni Mubarak.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for today’s blast, which went off in the late morning as Ibrahim’s convoy passed through Nasr City, an eastern district of Cairo. The ministry did not immediately say where the bomb was planted.
“It was a heinous (assassination) attempt,” Ibrahim told reporters in central Cairo. The explosive device, he added, likely was detonated by remote control. His comments were carried live on state television.
“Even if I am martyred, another minister of interior will come and continue the war on the evil terror until we secure the country,” Ibrahim said.