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Suspected radical Muslim gunmen assassinated a top officer from Egypt's national security agency on Saturday in the city of Zagazig, according to former counterterrorism analyst for Knoll's Investigation, Inc., Stanley Fedorell.

The ambush was the most recent of the terrorist attacks perpetrated against Egyptian police officers, intelligence officials and military troops, Fedorell told the Examiner on Saturday.

Attacks on Egypt's police and security forces have significantly increased in the wake of the army's removal of the Muslim Brotherhood member President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

"When the Mubarek government was thrown out after weeks of civil unrest -- and the Muslim Brotherhood began flexing its muscles -- President Barack Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the American people that the Brotherhood leadership, including Morsi, and rank-and-file members were 'moderates,'" said former police detective and security director Sid Franes.

After a short reign, military authorities replaced the legally elected Morsi with an interim government that reacted violently to the ensuing street protests by Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters who demanded Morsi's return to power, according to Middle East media reports.

In this latest terrorist attack, the gunmen ambushed Lt. Col. Mohamed Eid in front of his Zagazig City home as he left his personal car. He suffered several gunshot wounds from which he later died in a hospital's emergency room.

Col. Eid was assigned to investigating several leaders and members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood state and helped to write an analysis of the radical Muslims, according to Egypt's Press TV.

In November, in a similar attack, terrorists assassinated Lt. Col. Mohamed Mabruk, who also had been in command of the Brotherhood investigation. Mabruk also was investigating the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Leader Mohammed Badie, who was set to go on trial with Morsi.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been officially banned in Egypt and the military and police were ordered to arrest those who attempt to incite political demonstrations especially in Cairo and Alexandria, according to an Examiner news story.



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