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article imageEgypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim survives bomb attack

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By Layne Weiss     Sep 5, 2013 in World
Cairo - Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has survived a bomb attack targeting his convoy in Cairo. Among those injured were a child and Ibrahim's security guards.
Hours after the attack, Ibrahim appeared on TV denouncing the attack as a "cowardly assassination bid," BBC News reports.
The explosion reportedly took place at 10:30 a.m. local time as Mr. Ibrahim was being driven to work, BBC News reports.
The minister told state television his convoy was targeted by a "large" explosive device that he believes may have been detonated by remote control.
He added that two police officers who were in the convoy with him were in serious condition and one child had suffered a serious leg wound.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Muslim Brotherhood leader Amr Darrag said the group "strongly condemned the attack."
Ibrahim heads the police force, which has been cracking down on Muslim Brotherhood protests in recent weeks.
The minister also oversaw the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi.
When asked by reporters if the attack near his home in Nasr City marked a "new wave of terrorism," Ibrahim responded,"What happened today is not the end, but the beginning," Reuters reports.
He went onto say he had been informed this week of plans to kill him and that "foreign elements" were involved. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, head of the armed forces, had supplied him with an armored car just like the one he uses, he revealed.
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