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Egypt police say 36 dead Islamist prisoners died from tear gas

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“Thirty-six of the prisoners died of suffocation and crowding after tear gas was used to stop their escape,” the ministry said

Police surrounds Rabaa (Photo by Ahmed AlMalky/DNE)

Egyptian Police surrounds Rabaa (File Photo/DNE)

AFP -  Thirty-six Egyptian Islamist prisoners killed on Sunday during an attempted prison break died after suffocating on tear gas, the interior ministry said in a statement.

“Thirty-six of the prisoners died of suffocation and crowding after tear gas was used to stop their escape,” the ministry said.

The official MENA news  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.

  • Ebrahim

    liers! I still cannot understand how people can believe the lies of the killers (minister of interior and Sisi) while their news is FULL of contradictions.

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  • iPlay2

    Crazy author of this article is calling the group of Muslims “Islamist”.
    What about a group of Christians??? Would you call them “christianist”?????

  • iPlay2

    Crazy Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, came to power because people wanted president Morsi to step down. Now again millions of people want president Morsi back, therefore, crazy Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, should listen to these people too, instead of killing them.

  • 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?


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