In this photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour, center, Defense Minister Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, left, and other officials visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and President Anwar Sadat's memorial as part of celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 Middle East war in which Egyptian forces made initial gains against Israel, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. Egypt's army is on high alert ahead of expected mass demonstrations by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi timed to coincide with annual celebrations honoring the military, a combination many fear will lead to a new round of violence. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)The Associated Press
CAIRO – Egypt's powerful army chief says the group of the country's ousted Islamist president had warned of "terrorist attacks" if he was removed from power.
Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi says he spoke to President Mohammed Morsi repeatedly ahead of the popularly-backed July 3 coup, to try and resolve the political crisis.
El-Sissi says that 10 days earlier, the Muslim Brotherhood strongman Khairat el-Shater had said that if Morsi was toppled, Islamists over whom the Brotherhood has no control would unleash attacks.
El-Sissi's remarks were published Tuesday in Al-Masry Al-Youm daily.
The rare interview came a day after attacks targeting Egyptian security and military forces killed nine troops. The attacks were in apparent retaliation by Islamic militants after more than 50 people were killed Sunday in clashes with police.