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Update: 36 Egyptian Islamists killed in jailbreak

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The agency reported that “unknown gunmen” had tried to aid the prisoners, who kidnapped a police officer

Egyptian riot policemen in Cairo's Al-Fath mosque where Islamist supporters of ousted Morsi holed up on August 17, 2013 (AFP/File, Mohamed el-Shahed)

Egyptian riot policemen in Cairo’s Al-Fath mosque where Islamist supporters of ousted Morsi holed up on August 17, 2013 (AFP/File, Mohamed el-Shahed)

AFP -  Thirty-six Islamist prisoners were killed in Egypt on Sunday during an attempted prison break, the official MENA news agency reported.

“A security official has confirmed that 36 Muslim Brotherhood elements were killed during an attempt to escape,” the agency reported.

The agency reported that “unknown gunmen” had tried to aid the prisoners, who kidnapped a police officer.

Earlier, the interior ministry said the inmates rioted while they were being transferred to the north Cairo prison of Abu Zaabal, and that police were “dealing with the situation”.

The Brotherhood-led Anti-Coup Alliance, which is pressing for the reinstatement of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, accused police of killing the prisoners as they were being moved.

“The Anti-Coup Alliance obtained evidence of the assassination of at least 38 anti-coup detainees in a truck transferring them to Abu Zaabal prison today,” the group said in a statement.

“They were reportedly assassinated in their truck with live ammunition and tear gas fired from windows.”

A MENA said later that trucks carrying 612 prisoners came under attack by armed men, and “a number of prisoners” were killed in ensuing clashes.

Police and the military sent reinforcements around the prison, the news agency reported.

  • xyz

    UNKNOWN GUNMEN? U MEAN ISRAELI GUNMEN (MAINLY)

  • abdul .a. shaiky

    DEATH FOR ISLAMIST EGYPTIAN IS A JOY.! BUT DEAT FOR WESTEREN SECULAR EGYPTIAN IS VERY PAIN FULL.!!
    EGYPT IS TURNING TO IRAQ.. VERY SOON.
    IT IS A MOTTO OF ISRAEAL.!!
    GENRAL BUSH SAID” I SEND ALL THE MUSLIM WORLD TO STONE AGE”. THEY STARTED WITH TERRORIST AFGHANISTAN,IRAQ.LIBYA,SYRIA,YEMEN AND THEY ARE TRYING HARD IN PAKISTAN WITH DRONES WITH THE LEBELS OF TERRORIST BUT PAKISTAN IS LUCKY,THEY HAVE NEGHBOURS LIKE IRAN,RUSSIA AND CHINA. BUT NOT EGYPT.!!!

    • Sammyb

      I didn’t understand your point, sorry, try again!

    • SquidProQuo

      I certainly agree… Death for “Islamist Egyptian’ is a joy… Why send them to jail in the first place?

      Violence and death, it seems, is all these people understand.

    • Ron Cooper

      In the first place, neither Bush’s were ever Generals. Both of them
      were officers and pilots, but they did not stay in the military long
      enough to move up through the ranks.

      In the second place, neither President Bush’s ever said ” I SEND ALL THE MUSLIM WORLD TO STONE AGE”. You are deluding yourself…….a VERY common trait in the Middle East
      Arabic community. It is a trait that is VERY self-destructive, and does Arabs nothing but harm.

      Rest assured, IF the USA had wanted to send the Muslim world back to the stone age…….we would had done it LONG ago!

      What country SAVED countless Muslims in the Balkans, while the Muslim world stood back and watched?

      What country has given more aid to the Middle Eastern Arabic nations (including Egypt) than anyone?

      What country sent more in aid and assistance to the worlds largest Muslim country (Indonesia, when hit by the 04′ tsunami) than the rest of the world COMBINED??

      Our revolutionary war took EIGHT years fella; then 80 years later we fought a Civil War for FOUR years!! And you people think this kind of stuff should be done with at the snap of a finger…….and that the USA is somehow pullin’ the strings and wishes to add to the misery!! Give me a break!

  • disqus_1VhMJcA5Yv

    nice nice .. they go strrraight to 72 virgins and 22 nice tight little boys bums… lucky guys …Eh?

  • king0333

    wow what nut cracker comments, Egyptians are the only Liberals in the world who love succcccking dictator’s diiiick and yet they dare to call themselves Liberals .. shame on these fake liberals ..FU

  • Montani42

    @abdul.a.shaiky, George W. Bush was our president, not a general. He didn’t say to send the Muslim world to the stone age. He said we should bomb our enemies led by Osama Bin Laden back to the stone age. Pakistan hides and supports the very barbarians that blow people up and shoot little girls. That is the reason Pakistan has not progressed into the era of modern life. The majority of the population still want to live in the stone age without freedom for all their people. The level of violence in Muslim countries speaks for itself.

  • Mahmud Abdullah

    Massacring of pro-democracy and Brotherhood activists continues, in new ways and methods, by military and military-imposed so called interim government. Would massacring of thousands of unarmed, peaceful, and even inmates, civilians fail to awake your conscience?

  • abdul .a. shaiky

    HI RON COOPER, BUSH WAS A COMMANDAR INCHEAF OF AMERICAN FORCES.!!
    IN PAK, BUSH WAS A GENRAL OF GENRAL.!!
    MILLION OF AF GHAN WERE KILLED BY BUSH AND MUSHARAF BUT ALQAIDA IS STILL ALIVE AND ACTIVE. ALL OUR TAX MONEY WERE WESTED.!!! HOW MANY EMMBASIES WERE CLOSED IN AUG /13.??
    ISRAEAL IS THE MAIN PROBLEM AND MOTHER OF ALL TERRORISM.
    WE MUST SOLVE THIS PROBLEM FIRST.!!! ISRAEAL HAS NO BOUNDRIES AND IS NOT A SECULAR STATE.!!
    YES MIGHT IS RIGHT.!!
    DRONE ARE ON IN PAKISTAN…AMERICAN AID.

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