- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 5, 2013

Egypt’s interior minister was the target of a car bombing in the Nasr City district of Cairo Thursday, but he survived, the nation’s security authorities said.

It’s not known whether the late-morning explosion came from a suicide bomber, or from a planted bomb operated by remote control from a distance, security officials said, The Associated Press reported.

Mohammed Ibrahim, as interior minister, oversees the country’ police force. The report did not say whether he suffered any injuries in the attack, or if anyone else was hurt.

He was traveling in a convoy when the explosion occurred. The area of his travel, Nasr City, is considered a stronghold of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that’s trying to bring back ousted President Mohammed Morsi to power.

Nasr City was also where a massive protest group rallied in support of Mr. Morsi on Aug. 14. The rally grew violent when police stormed in, aiming to disperse protesters. Hundreds were ultimately killed in the clashes.

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