first published on December 16, 2019 by Will
On Oct. 6 1981 Anwar Sadat, the President of Egypt, was assassinated during a high profile military parade, and the incredible event was captured on video.
The assassination was carried out by four members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and astonishingly, the assassins were in the parade itself, jumping from a military vehicle while lobbing grenades and firing automatic rifles into the group of leaders.
President Sadat actually thought the firing gunmen were part of the performance and stood to salute them. He was hit several times but didn’t die until hours later. Including Sadat, 11 people were killed in the attack, including international leaders. Twenty-eight people were wounded, including four US military officers and Vice President Hosni Mubarak, who went on to become the president until the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.
One of the assassins was killed at the scene by responding authorities, and the other three were wounded, arrested, and then executed by a firing squad in the spring of 1982.