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Egypt: Was Sadat’s assassination an act of vengeance or a failed coup attempt?

By Mourad R. Kamel
Posted on Tuesday, 16 November 2021 20:39

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat smiles at the start of the military parade in Cairo. Later, during the parade, Sadat was killed with eleven others when gunmen opened fire on 6 October 1981 (AP Photo/Bill Foley, File)

With the trial of Burkina Faso's Thomas Sankara’s suspected assassins underway, we revisit the tragic destinies of eight assassinated African presidents. Today we look at Egypt's Anwar el-Sadat, who was killed on 6 October 1981 by a former member of the military who had been dismissed.

This is part 8 of an 8-part series

6 October 1981. It was a sunny Tuesday when President Anwar el-Sadat, dressed in an army uniform, witnessed a military parade to commemorate the success of his October 1973 battle – an offensive that saw Egypt recover the Sinai from Israel as Cairo signed a peace deal with Tel-Aviv.