Some Hamas members oversaw assassination of Egypt’s Attorney-General: police
Policemen investigate the site of a car bomb attack on the convoy of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat near his house at Heliopolis district in Cairo, June 29, 2015.
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CAIRO: Some Hamas members allegedly oversaw and played a major role in the 2015 assassination of Attorney-General Hesham Barakat, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar said Sunday.

The acts of those members will not impact Egypt’s supportive stance of Palestinians, Abdel Ghafffar said at a press conference in Cairo.

A total of 48 accomplices have been arrested; 14 of whom committed the crime in June 2015, Abdel Ghaffar added.

Many car bombs were found in Giza and Sharqia, and many apartments in several governorates were discovered to be hideouts to manufacture and store explosives, the minister continued.

According to Abdel Ghaffar, the Muslim Brotherhood is responsible for the killing.

He said the group was leading a “huge conspiracy” to destabilize the country. The group and its Gaza-based offshoot are blacklisted as “terrorist organizations” in Egypt.

In the past year, the police led several campaigns to remove abandoned cars from street in fear of using them as car bombs.

They also raided many apartments, some were found to be stores for explosives. A number of alleged “terrorists” were killed in such raids following an exchange of fire.

Ten people, including seven policemen and three civilians, were killed in January after the police raided an apartment in Giza; large amounts of explosives detonated during the raid in a suspected trap.

Further, a number of people were killed while handling explosives inside apartments in different governorates.

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