Egypt: Men fire birdshot at PM's convoy
06 May 2013, 10:21
Cairo - Egyptian police officials say five men in a pick-up
truck fired birdshot at the prime minister's convoy during a traffic argument,
not knowing he was inside.
They say Prime Minister Hisham Kandil's three-car convoy was
on a Cairo bridge late on Sunday when it encountered the speeding truck, and
fired warning shots in the air to get it to move.
The men fired birdshot at the convoy. They later told police
they didn't realise the prime minister was inside one of the tinted-windowed
The men were promptly arrested. Police said they had
apparently been racing to their home neighbourhood after getting into a fight
with people elsewhere.
Police officials, who spoke anonymously because they were
not authorised to speak to the press, say the incident was not politically motivated.