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Friday, September 23, 2011

Report: Two Egyptian politicians behind embassy attack; US embassy next?

From Al Masry al Youm:

Security forces are currently investigating the possible involvement of two well-known politicians in instigating the recent attack on the Israeli Embassy and the events that accompanied it, said a security source on Thursday.
The source pointed out that surveillance cameras located in the embassy building and photographic evidence collected by security forces from regular citizens had prompted their suspicions.
The source explained that investigations indicated the involvement of the two politicians, one of whom was involved in inciting and angering the protesters, while the other gave money to some of the defendants. He added that the evidence included “15-minutes of video footage, which includes a full account of the Israeli Embassy events”.
“The defendants' are close in age but live in different districts,” said the source. “The defendants confessed that two politicians were are among the masterminds behind the events, which included the Giza Security Directorate, two police stations at Cairo University, and a Nahda Square Traffic Department, in addition to the embassy."
The traffic authorities are looking for three cars that were in the vicinity of the Israeli Embassy whose drivers the defendants claimed “were handing out money to them.
Al Ahram last week reported that an Egyptian millionaire was paying the core group of protesters; it is not clear if he is one of the people mentioned.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Egyptian youth are organizing a similar attack against the US embassy in Cairo if the US vetoes the PLO statehood bid.

(h/t Victor Shikhman tweet)