June 29, 1995 in Nation/World

Egypt’s Mubarak Sees Easy Victory

Associated Press

President Hosni Mubarak, who blames Sudan for an attempt on his life, boasted Wednesday that Egypt could topple its radical Islamic regime in 10 days.

Sudan, which borders Egypt to the south, denied any involvement in the attack by gunmen on Mubarak’s limousine as he arrived Monday in Ethiopia for an Organization of African Unity meeting.

Sudan accused Egypt of attacking three towns along their disputed border on Tuesday night. It said two Sudanese police officers were killed and seven were wounded.

Egypt had reported a border incident earlier, saying it was a scuffle that escalated into gunfire. It said seven Egyptian border guards were wounded.

A Sudanese Interior Ministry statement said the attacks were “provocations by the Egyptian regime against the Sudanese leadership, revolution and people” inspired by hostility toward Sudan’s Islamic fundamentalist beliefs.

Well-wishers - including several hundred Sudanese exiles - gathered in Cairo for a second day of government-organized festivities celebrating Mubarak’s escape from the attack.

Greeting them at the al-Ittihadiya presidential palace, the 67-year-old president said Egypt doesn’t interfere in Sudan’s affairs.

“But if we wanted to interfere and overthrow the government - and this is not our style - we could do that in 10 days,” Mubarak warned. He didn’t say whether Egypt would take action against Sudan.

Hundreds of Egyptian militants are believed to be training at camps in Sudan. Last year, 300 were arrested trying to cross into Egypt.

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