Egypt’s Public Prosecutor, Hesham Barakat, passed away in El-Nozha Hospital, mere hours after his motorcade was targeted earlier this morning.

Doctor Hossam Abd El Ghafaar, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, stated that unknown assailants ambushed the Public Prosecutor’s motorcade while he was leaving his neighborhood, bombing it and injuring nine civilians. Twenty cars were destroyed while various shops and buildings sustained some damages during the incident.

The injured civilians are now being treated at both the same hospital that the prosecutor was receiving medical attention in, as well as Heliopolis Hospital, and investigations have started on the case.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hesham Barakat’s family and to the families of those injured.