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Attack on Egypt’s Central Bank Governor Car Shows Security Woes

February 13, 2013

Masked gunmen attacked the car of Egypt’s central bank governor this morning, shooting dead an armed police guard in an incident highlighting the lack of security two years after the 2011 uprising.

Hisham Ramez said in an interview that he wasn’t in the car at the time and the attack was likely a robbery attempt. Three assailants started shooting at the car, and the policeman returned fire, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported today.

“I am safe,” said Ramez, who took over as governor earlier this month as Egypt’s authorities grapple with a weakening currency and foreign reserves more than 60 percent below their pre-uprising levels.

Restoring security is one of the key challenges facing President Mohamed Mursi. Egyptians complain about widespread crime, including robberies and attacks similar to that on Ramez’s car, as well as sexual assaults against female protesters. The United Nations last month expressed concern at spreading violence against women.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mariam Fam in Cairo at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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