Security forces defuse bomb near new interior minister’s home

CAIRO:  A pipe bomb was defused near the new Interior Minister Magdi Abdel Ghaffar house in Nasr city, Youm7 reported Sunday.

Abdel Ghaffar was appointed Thursday March. 5 in a sudden cabinet reshuffle, replacing former minister Mohamed Ibrahim, only a week before the economic development conference scheduled for March 13 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The unexpected reshuffle included eight ministers, including the ministers of communications, education, agriculture, tourism, culture, and antiquities.

Abdel Ghaffar formerly served as head of the State Security Apparatus, and worked on issues of religious extremism and radical groups during his tenure.

His successor Ibrahim faced an assassination attempt in September 2013, with a car bomb; Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the attempt in a video released later.

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