Thursday 05 September 2013 : 04:40 PM
The Egyptian interior minister survived an assassination attempt unscathed on Thursday when a car bomb blew up his convoy and he said afterwards that a wave of terrorism by opponents of the military-installed government was just beginning.
The minister, Mohamed Ibrahim, had been involved in overseeing a violent crackdown on supporters of Mohamed Mursi, the elected Islamist president who was overthrown two months ago by the army following mass protests against his rule.
No organization immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the biggest yet on the new government.
Mursis Muslim Brotherhood – accused by the government of terrorism and inciting violence – condemned it. But it showed the risk that Egypts political crisis could spawn a wave of Islamist attacks like those in the 1980s and 1990s.