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Egypt blast: Hisham Barakat 'a major scalp'

Egypt's public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, has been killed in an apparent bomb attack on his car in Cairo, officials say.

Two bodyguards were also injured in the attack, which targeted the vehicle in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis.

Mr Barakat has referred thousands of Islamists to trial since the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

The BBC's Sebastian Usher said that his death would be considered a "major scalp" by the Islamist behind the attack.

  • 29 Jun 2015
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