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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa survives assassination attempt

Former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa survived an assassination attempt by two masked gunmen while on his way to a Friday sermon in Sixth of October City, AP reported. Gomaa was unharmed, but one of his bodyguards was injured. A group called Hasm, reportedly an acronym for Haraket Sawid Misr, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Friday, saying they aborted the plan because of “the presence of civilians near Gomaa.” The same group claimed an attack on a Fayoum police chief last month. Gomaa is “known for his controversial Islamic edicts,” Ahram Online notes, including declaring that obeying President Abdel Fattah El Sisi “is part of obedience to the Prophet Muhammad,” as well as suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood are non-Muslims.

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