Egyptian policemen stand guard after a bomb attack that targeted Egypt's prosecutor general in the Heliopolis district of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Egypt's state prosecutor was killed in a powerful bombing that hit his convoy in Cairo Monday following militant calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge a crackdown on Islamists.Barakat, 64, was the most senior government official killed since militants launched an insurgency following the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammad Morsi in 2013 . His assassination will come as a blow to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who overthrew Morsi and won elections pledging to wipe out Islamist militants.Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Gaffar said eight people were wounded in the blast, including two civilians and five policemen guarding Barakat.The attack came a day before the second anniversary of the mass protests that prompted the military to oust Morsi.The bombing came after ISIS' affiliate in Egypt called for attacks on the judiciary following the hanging of six alleged militants.The militants have killed scores of policemen and soldiers in attacks since Morsi's overthrow, mostly in the Sinai peninsula.
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