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Egypt arrests ex-PM after major bombing

Updated: 2013-12-26 07:37
By Agencies in Cairo ( China Daily)

Egyptian police arrested ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's former prime minister on Tuesday as tensions rose after a major car-bomb attack on a police building killed 15 people.

The interior ministry said ex-prime minister Hisham Qandil, who is facing jail after being convicted of failing to respect a court ruling while in office, was arrested in the desert outside Cairo with a "smuggler, attempting to escape to Sudan".

An unpopular prime minister who struggled to right a dire economy, Qandil has kept a relatively low profile since the military overthrew Morsi in July.

Egypt arrests ex-PM after major bombing