Gunmen have shot dead a senior Egyptian Interior Ministry official outside his home in the capital, Cairo.
Security sources said General Mohamed Saeed died in hospital on Tuesday after being shot in his head and chest. The assailants fled the scene of the attack, the sources added.
“General Mohamed Saeed, head of the technical office of the minister of interior, was targeted by gunmen inside a car who shot him and fled,” said one of the sources, whose name was not mentioned in the report.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry has confirmed the death of Saeed, who was an aide to Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.
The interior minister himself survived an assassination attempt last year.
The Tuesday shooting came as ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, is to stand trial on charges of breaking out of prison during the 2011 revolution against former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
On July 3, 2013, the army ousted Morsi, who was the first democratically-elected president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament. It also appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the new interim president.