CAIRO -- Drive-by gunmen on Tuesday assassinated a police general outside his home in the capital, state media reported, in the rare targeting of a senior member of Egypt's security establishment.
The slain man was identified by the state-owned Al Ahram website as Gen. Mohamed Saeed, a top aide to Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, who himself escaped an attempt in September to kill him with a suicide bomb.
Although suspected Islamic militants have been launching frequent attacks against security targets such as headquarters buildings and army outposts, the singling out of a particular official for assassination is a rarity.
The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, is hated by many for its heavy-handed role in breaking up demonstrations, mainly by backers of deposed Islamist president
The human rights group