Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Egypt arrests suspect over chief prosecutor assassination

The 23-year-old had posted a Facebook update claiming that a pro-Morsi militant group was responsible for the bomb attack that killed Hisham Barakat on Monday, according to a security source

Hisham Barakat

Former Egyptian prosecutor general, Hisham Barakat

Egypt's security forces on Tuesday arrested a person who claimed that a pro-Morsi militant group was responsible for assassinating late prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat in Cairo on Monday, as reported.

Security forces arrested a 23-year-old unemployed man who claimed that a pro-Morsi group calling itself the Giza Popular Resistance Brigades was responsible for killing Barakat on a Facebook page carrying the group's name, a source at the Giza security directorate told MENA.

The group have claimed several attacks against international food chains and banks in Egypt in the past. 


The suspect was arrested at an internet cafe in Giza. 

Right after a car bomb targeted Barakat’s motorcade on his way to work in Cairo's Heliopolis on Monday morning, the Facebook page was updated with a comment that many have interpreted as claiming the attack.


The Facebook post was deleted later that day. 

Later on Monday, a Twitter account claiming to be the official and only account of the Giza Popular Resistance announced that the group had no Facebook page or account, and only had one Twitter account. 

Barakat, who was 65, died of his wounds in a Cairo hospital on Monday.