US condemns Egypt prosecutor's death

An Egyptian fireman and civilians look at the site of a bomb attack that targeted the convoy of Egyptian state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, who died hours after the explosion in Cairo on June 29, 2015 (AFP Photo/Khaled Desouki)

Washington (AFP) - The White House condemned a bomb attack that killed Egypt's top prosecutor Monday, vowing to work with Cairo to "fight the scourge of terrorism."

"The United States strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack in Cairo that killed Egyptian Prosecutor-General Hisham Barakat and injured at least nine others," said National Security Council spokesman Ned Price.

A powerful bombing hit Barakat's convoy on Monday, following jihadist calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge a crackdown on Islamists.

"We offer our condolences to the family of Mr Barakat, those injured in the attack, and the government and people of Egypt," the White House said.

"The United States stands by Egypt at this difficult time, as we continue to work together to fight the scourge of terrorism."