World Bulletin / News Desk
A major Egyptian anti-coup group has denounced the Sunday assassination of a senior police officer in Cairo, urging security agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Late Sunday, gunmen shot dead Lt. Col. Mohamed Mabrouk – a senior Egyptian police officer in charge of the counter-terrorism file at the Interior Ministry's Homeland Security agency – in Cairo's Nasr City district.
"We denounce all acts of violence that have recently proliferated in the country," Mohamed Ali Beshr, a leading member of the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, which demands the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, told Anadolu Agency.
Beshr, also a leading member of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, went on to urge Egyptian security agencies to swiftly launch investigations into the incident with a view to identifying the culprits and holding them to account.
He also slammed reports linking the killing to the slain officer's position as official in charge of the Muslim Brotherhood file at Egypt's Homeland Security Agency (HSA).
The Homeland Security agency replaced Egypt's notorious State Security Agency, which was dissolved after the 2011 popular uprising toppled the regime of president Hosni Mubarak.
"We urge members of the media and politicians not to jump to conclusions or level arbitrary charges against any party," said Beshr.
Mabrouk, 39, was followed through the streets of Nasr City late Sunday by gunmen who eventually riddled him with bullets, a security source told Anadolu Agency.
The slain officer received seven bullets in the head, chest and neck, he added.
The assassination has been met with widespread condemnation, including from Egypt's Al-Azhar institution, the world's highest seat of Sunni-Muslim scholarship, which described the assassination as a "terrorist act."Last Mod: 18 Kasım 2013, 17:19