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Egypt denies claims of assassination attempt on vice president

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A high-ranking Egyptian official has denied the claims that the newly appointed Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman was target of an assassination attempt.

A high-ranking Egyptian official has denied the claims that the newly appointed Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman was target of an assassination attempt.

"This news has no grounds, the vice president was not at the place mentioned in the report," an unnamed official told state-run daily al-Ahram.

Fox News said citing a senior Obama administration official that Suleiman survived the attack on his convoy, which occurred shortly after he was appointed, but two his bodyguards were killed.

Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appointed the country's longtime intelligence chief Suleiman as vice president and ordered him to hold talks with the country's opposition to overcome the political crisis.

"Such an attempt on the life of Omar Suleiman would mark an alarming turn in the uprising against the government of President Hosni Mubarak," the report said.

Anti-government protests broke out in Egypt on January 25. The unrest has already claimed the lives of at least 300 people and injured several thousand.

CAIRO, February 5 (RIA Novosti)

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