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    Policemen secure the site of a car bomb attack on the convoy of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat near his house at Heliopolis district in Cairo, Egypt, June 29, 2015

    Palestine’s Hamas Denies Role in Assassination of Egyptian Prosecutor

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    The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas denied on Tuesday accusations of its involvement in the assassination of Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat last year.

    GAZA (Sputnik) Egypt’s Minister of Interior Magdi Abdel-Ghaffar said Sunday the Muslim Brotherhood organized Barakat‘s murder in a car bomb attack on June 29, 2015, with assistance from Hamas.

    "The minister’s statement is unfounded and not true. We demand not to drag Palestinian factions into Egypt’s internal divisions," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri said.

    Making the accusation over the weekend, the Egyptian minister said the attack on Barakat was plotted and its perpetrators were trained in the Gaza Strip "under the supervision" of Hamas members. He said 14 out of the 48 suspected organizers, conspirators and the culprits have been detained.

    Barakat oversaw several cases against officials of the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement of Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi, deposed by the current leadership in 2013.

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