Cairo - Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim survived
an assassination attempt when a car bomb on Thursday ripped through his convoy
in a Cairo street, security officials told AFP.
The explosion, the first such attack in Cairo in years, took
place at around 10:30 near Ibrahim's home in the Nasr City area, they said,
adding the vehicle was parked in the street.
"The minister survived the assassination attempt,"
one security official said.
State news agency MENA quoting an interior ministry source
reported that an unknown number of civilians were wounded and some shops
damaged in the blast.
The bombing comes amid a violent crackdown since last month
on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi by interior ministry
Hundreds of people were killed in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya
and Nahda squares on 14 August when police stormed protest camps set up by
Morsi was ousted by the military on 3 July following popular
street protests against his one year rule.