Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Brawl in New Cairo: policeman shoots three, one of them died

Photo on social media of an overturned police car following the shooting of three people by a policeman, killing one and injuring two others.(Ahram Online).
A low-ranking Egyptian policeman shot three people in Egypt's New Cairo on Tuesday following a quarrel, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported, killing one man and injuring two others.
Pictures and videos circulating on social media, apparently taken from the scene in the Rehab neighbourhood, showed an overturned police van with shattered windows.
Pictures of the corpse of the unidentified man killed were also circulated by social media users.

The interior ministry was not available for comment on the incident.
In February, a low-ranking policeman killed a driver in the working-class Cairo district of El-Darb El-Ahmar, following a dispute over a fare. In April a court sentenced the policeman to life in prison, one of the harshest sentences issued to policemen convicted of similar violent crimes. The sentence can still be appealed.

Egypt's Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar promised legislative amendments that would regulate the performance of the security services, stressing that the amendments would be relevant to the whole police force and not only to low-ranking policemen. The legal amendments were referred to the Egyptian parliament but have not yet been voted on.

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