Firefighters attend the funeral service of General Mohamed Saeed, head of the technical office of the minister of interior, in Cairo January 28, 2014. (REUTERS/ Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
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The brazen daylight assassination of a police general in Cairo underscores the growing insecurity in Egypt, as it awaits an announcement from its army chief to run for the presidency.The killing came a day after Egypt's top brass backed Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for the presidency, which if he pitches for is expected to easily win.In just over six months, Sisi has won accolades from a vast section of Egyptians for ousting Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and crushing his Muslim Brotherhood.Morsi, Egypt's first elected civilian president, fell after mass protests following one turbulent year in office.The Brotherhood, now banned as a "terrorist" group, criticised the army's backing for Sisi.Since Thursday alone, at least 14 policemen have been killed across Egypt, while nine soldiers were killed in Sinai.
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