The notorious Mortada Mansour was the target of a failed assassination attempt early this morning, when armed assailants shot at him as he was leaving the Zamalek headquarters.
Hotheaded Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour had a lucky escape, after he narrowly dodged an assassination attempt as he left the club's HQ earlier today. The botched attack happened as the former presidential hopeful left the club's grounds shortly after 3 am, when he was attacked by two unknown assailants.
Mansour survived unscathed, but the shooting is thought to have injured a journalist, a lawyer and a club employee, who were transported to Agouza Hospital. Speaking to Al-Masry Al-Youm about the incident, Mansour placed blame on either the Muslim Brotherhood or supporters of the Ultras White Knights group, currently engulfed in a feud with the loudmouthed football boss.
Mansour said that the assailants, in a car, continued to shoot after he fled. It is believed that he received death threats on his phone prior to the incident. The attack came just hours after Mansour took to the airwaves to denounce the White Knights supporters group, branding its members 'thugs'. The group has since denied any involvement in the assassination attempt.
Mansour was one of several Mubarak-era figures accused of orchestrating the Battle of the Camel, in which pro-Mubarak thugs rode camels and horses into Tahrir Square at the height of the 2011 revolution, killing 11 and injuring hundreds.