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Blast in Egypt may signal deadly new phase in fight against militants

Blast in Egypt may signal deadly new phase in fight against militants

The thunderous bomb blast that killed Egypt’s state prosecutor on Monday could herald a deadly new phase in the authoritarian government’s nearly 2-year-old battle to eradicate Islamist extremists. The assassination of Hisham Barakat, who as prosecutor general presided over a harsh judicial crackdown on supporters of Islamist groups, marked the first time in recent history that militants had managed to successfully strike so senior a government official. It also came at a highly symbolic moment: the eve of the anniversary of 2013 popular protests demanding the removal of Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist who was Egypt’s first freely elected president. After three days of massive...

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