Egypt's top police official Friday called Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ru-hollah Khomeini a pig and criticized his death decree against British author Salman Rushdie.

Interior Minister Zaki Badr made the comments to foreign journalists during a tour of the village of El-Kom El-Ahmar, west of Cairo, where police and Moslem extremists clashed recently, resulting in the brief detention of 30 people.