Egypt's former Grand Mufti survives assassination attempt

CAIRO, 5th August, 2016 (WAM) — Egypt’s former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, once one of the country’s top religious authorities, survived an assassination attempt on Friday, security sources told state Middle East News Agency.

Two men on a motorcycle fired guns on Gomaa as he entered a mosque to perform Friday prayer, the sources said. He was unharmed and one of his body guards received a minor injury to the foot. The gunmen immediately fled the scene.

“If Ali Gomaa dies there are millions who will take his place,” Gomaa told state television shortly after news of the attempt was made public. “I gave my sermon right after my survival.”

The sources said that Minister of Interior, Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar, formed a large team to identify the gunmen who have carried out the terrorist attack.