The Central Bank of Egypt governor’s car was attacked Wednesday morning, leaving one guard dead.
Three masked gunmen exchanged fire with police before stealing Central Bank of Egypt Governor Hisham Ramez’s car. The incident occurred on the highway overpass in Saft Al-Laban when the governor was being driven from his home in 6th of October City to the Central Bank in Downtown Cairo.
A security source told state-owned news agency MENA that preliminary investigations into the incident confirmed that the incident was purely criminal, in which the car was targeted, and denying the attack was politically motivated.
Policeman Raafat Al-Sayyed Nabil, who was Ramez’s security escort, was killed in the attack. Public prosecutors were notified to begin investigations into the killing and theft.
Ramez was appointed as the new head of Egypt’s Central Bank in January following the resignation off Farouk Al-Oqda. The appointment of Ramez, who was previously Oqda’s deputy, came during the middle of the country’s economic crisis.
Nabil’s body was transferred to the Mahmoud Hospital in Mohandiseen, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.