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Egypt: 3 Police Killed as Convicts Attempt Prison Bust

Egypt: 3 Police Killed as Convicts Attempt Prison Bust

Thursday, 24 September, 2020 - 08:30
A police officer stands guard after failed attack on a church in Qalyubiyah, north of Cairo, on August 11, 2018. Reuters

Three Egyptian police officers were killed when four men, convicted on terror-related charges and awaiting their death sentences, attempted on Wednesday to escape from a Cairo prison, the Interior Ministry said.

The ministry said in a brief statement that security forces killed the four convicts while they were trying to flee the Tora Prison complex on the southern outskirts of the Egyptian capital.

The four were sentenced to death in separate terror-related cases.

Three of them were tried and convicted in 2014 for the killing and attempted murder of several members of the Egyptian security forces.

The fourth man, a supporter of ISIS, was convicted of stabbing to death a Coptic Christian doctor at his Cairo clinic in 2017. The defendant was sentenced to death in 2018.

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