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Cairo security chief sacked after terrorist attacks

The Egyptian Interior Ministry sacked Cairo security chief
Osama Bedir on Thursday, state-run news agency MENA

“Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar ordered the removal
of Cairo police chief General Osama Bedair, and assigned
General Khalid Abdel Aal to replace him,” a statement
released by the interior ministry said, without giving the
reason for the decision.

The sacking of the security head of Cairo came days after a
series of terrorist attacks in North Sinai and other provinces,
including Cairo.

On July 11, a car bomb exploded outside the Italian
consulate in downtown Cairo, killing a civilian and wounding
nine others. The jihadist Islamic State group later claimed
the bomb attack.

The incident came days after another car bomb attack in
Cairo, which killed the country’s top prosecutor Hisham

Clashes have been common between the army and
terrorists, especially in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.
In its annual report released in late May, Egypt’s National
Council for Human Rights said since 2013, the violence has
resulted in the death of 2,600 people, including 700 police
and army men, 550 civilians and 1,250 of Morsi’s Muslim
Brotherhood members and supporters.

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