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2 police officers detained for shooting dead brothers at Suez checkpoint

Police officers shot dead two brothers on a motorbike who refused to stop at a security checkpoint in Suez on Monday

Aswat Masriya , Tuesday 6 Jan 2015
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Egypt's top prosecutor ordered the detention of two police officers who shot dead ‎two brothers after refusing to stop at a security checkpoint in Suez on Monday.‎

Prosecutor-General Hisham Barakat ordered the officers' detention for four days ‎pending investigation.‎

The officers told the prosecution that the shooting was not intentional. They said they ‎were shooting into the air; the bullets hit the victims "by mistake".‎

Suez Security Director Tarek Al-Gazzar told Aswat Masriya on Monday that the two ‎killed men were driving an unlicensed motorbike, which aroused suspicion among ‎security forces at the checkpoint. The men sped away when an officer asked them to ‎stop, Gazzar said, prompting the officer to fire at them.‎

The Suez Prosecution ordered an autopsy for the killed men to determine the cause of ‎death. It also ordered the seizure of the projectiles used in shooting at them.‎

Families of the two brothers gathered outside the morgue where their bodies were ‎kept late Monday, chanting against the security director and the Ministry of interior. ‎Security forces fired teargas to disperse them when they marched to the vicinity of the ‎governorate's security headquarters.‎

The incident shortly follows the shooting of a driver who refused to stop at a Sinai ‎checkpoint on Friday. Security forces in North Sinai shot a car which refused to stop ‎at a checkpoint in al-Arish, killing the driver and injuring another passenger.‎

Army Spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a statement the car was trying to flee the ‎checkpoint, refusing to respond to army forces' warning signs. He added that the car ‎is owned by someone other than the two passengers and that killed driver possessed ‎no documents giving him the right to drive it.‎

Egyptian authorities have intensified security measures in the Sinai Peninsula in ‎reaction to proliferating militant attacks there, particularly since the ouster of Islamist ‎president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 which followed mass protests against his rule.‎

‎*The story was modified by Ahram Online.

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