Egypt Confirms Assassination Attempt on Suleiman

Egyptian Foreign Minister admits that Omar Suleiman, who served briefly as Hosni Mubarak's Vice-President before protesters drummed him out of power, was targeted by assassins.


Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-gheit confirmed that former Vice President Omar Suleiman had survived an assassination attempt earlier this month, media reported on Thursday.

An unknown group opened fire on Suleiman's car from a stolen ambulance near the neighborhood of Heliopolis in Cairo, Abul-gheit said on the al-Hayat satellite television station. One of Suleiman's bodyguards was killed in the attack, and two other members of his entourage were injured, Abul-gheit said.

Egyptian Vice-President and former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman in Gaza City in August 29, 2005.Credit: Reuters

The shooting reportedly took place on February 4, a week before the resignation of former president Hosny Mubarak. Abul-gheit's statement is the first official confirmation of the assassination attempt.

Suleiman, who was for many years head of the Egypt's intelligence service, was sworn in as Mubarak's first vice president in nearly 30 years of rule on January 29, in an attempt to appease protesters.

He has not appeared in public since announcing Mubarak's resignation on February 11. Eighteen days of massive, mainly non-violent protests in Egypt, inspired by demonstrations that succeeded in ousting the president of Tunisia, forced Mubarak from power two weeks ago.



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