THE ASSASSINATION OF EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT ANWAR SADAT OCTOBER 6 1981.
On June 14, 1974 Presidents Anwar Sadat and Richard Nixon shake hands for photographers as they pose in front of the pyramids at Giza, near Cairo.
On Oct. 6, 1981, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was shot to death by Islamic militants during a military parade. The assassination occurred when a truck carrying the Army officer Khalid Islambouli stopped in front of the president’s reviewing stand; Mr. Islambouli began hurling grenades toward Mr. Sadat, and three other extremists fired indiscriminately into the crowd, killing Mr. Sadat and 11 others.President Sadat was attending the eighth anniversary of the Yom Kippur war with Israel as Field Marshal of the armed forces.
President Sadat was attending the eighth anniversary of the Yom Kippur war with Israel as Field Marshal of the armed forces.He had taken the salute, laid a wreath and was watching a display from the Egyptian Air Force when two grenades exploded.Gunmen then leapt from a military truck in front of the presidential reviewing stand and ran towards the spectators, raking officials with automatic gunfire.Despite typically large numbers of security personnel for the ceremonial occasion, eyewitnesses say the attackers were able to keep shooting for well over a minute.Security forces then shot and killed two of the attackers and overpowered the rest, as crowds of military and civilian spectators scrambled for cover.President Sadat was airlifted by helicopter to a military hospital. He is believed to have died about two hours later.The precision with which the attack was coordinated has prompted suspicions that the attackers benefited from high-level intelligence and support.A group calling itself the Independent Organisation for the Liberation of Egypt says it carried out the attack but the claim has not been verified.
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