Former Egyptian Grand Mufti escapes assassination attempt in Cairo

Egypt’s former grand mufti survived an assassination attempt in a western Cairo suburb when two masked gunmen opened fire as he was walking toward a mosque to hold Friday prayers, according to The New Arab news website. It was the first assassination attempt against a high-profile figure in the Egyptian capital this year.

Sheikh Ali Gomaa was unharmed in the attack and the two gunmen fled the scene outside the Fadel Mosque in the city’s Sixth of October district.

The Interior Ministry said the gunmen had been hiding inside a small park nearby and opened fire from there. One of Gomaa’s bodyguards was slightly wounded, the ministry said, adding that Egyptian security forces were searching for the perpetrators.