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Egypt's el-Sissi replaces minister in charge of nation's police in Cabinet reshuffle

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim speaks during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi reshuffled his Cabinet on Thursday, March 5, 2015, replacing the powerful minister in charge of the nation's police along with five other ministers, state television reported. It said Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, who is in charge of police, was replaced by another police general, Magdy Abdel-Ghafar, a career officer in the feared State Security Agency.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim speaks during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi reshuffled his Cabinet on Thursday, March 5, 2015, replacing the powerful minister in charge of the nation's police along with five other ministers, state television reported. It said Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, who is in charge of police, was replaced by another police general, Magdy Abdel-Ghafar, a career officer in the feared State Security Agency.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has reshuffled his Cabinet and replaced the minister in charge of the nation's police.

They said other ministries affected by the reshuffle were those of culture, tourism, agriculture and communications.

They said Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, who is in charge of police, was replaced by another police general, Magdy Abdel-Ghafar. Ibrahim's removal comes after an uptick in bomb attacks blamed on Islamic militants targeting the heart of the heavily protected Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

It's the first Cabinet reshuffle since el-Sissi, a solider-turned-politician, took office in June. A year ago he led the military ouster of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, the nation's first freely elected leader.