suleiman - AP - October 28, 2010
Newly sworn-in Egyptian Vice-President and Former Head of Egyptian Intelligence Omar Suleiman, Oct. 28, 2010. Photo by AP / Haaretz archive
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Fox News reported on Saturday that recently appointed Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman has survived an attempted assassination.

According to the report, armed assassins targeted the convoy in which Suleiman was travelling, killing two of his bodyguards.

Fox News reported that the U.S. confirmed the reports of the failed assassination attempt, however White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declined to address the reports.

"I'm not going to... get into that question," Gibbs told Fox News.

Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appointed last week the former air force commander and aviation minister in efforts to stem popular rage against his autocratic regime.

Suleiman is the first vice-president of Egypt to be appointed since Mubarak first took power almost thirty years ago. Mubarak himself occupied the position of vice-president under the former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, and took the reigns of power after Sadat was assassinated in 1981.

On Monday Suleiman said that  Mubarak told him to start a dialogue with all the political parties as hundreds of thousands continued to protest.