LONDON (Mar. 9)
Gen. Abdel Moneim Riad, the Egyptian chief of staff, who was second in command of Egypt’s armed forces, was fatally wounded today during the Arab-Israel artillery fight at the Suez Canal, Cairo announced officially. He was regarded as Egypt’s top military strategist and operated directly under President Nasser.
Gen. Riad became chief of staff following Egypt’s defeat in the Six-Day War. During the war he directed the joint Egyptian-Jordanian command established just before the war began on June 5, 1967. He had reportedly received training in the Soviet Union. Egypt did not immediately announce where at the Canal he had been killed.