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Cairo security directorate says policeman killed citizen 'by mistake'

The killing sparked a protest by residents at the Cairo security directorate

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Feb 2016
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El-Darb El-Ahmar residents staged an impromptu protest at the Cairo security directorate after a low-ranking policeman killed a citizen "by mistake", according to Egypt's interior ministry (Photo: Ahram Arabic website)
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A low-ranking policeman killed a citizen "by mistake" in the impoverished and populated neighborhood El-Darb Al-Ahamr, Cairo's security directorate said on Thursday.

"A low-ranking policeman was accompanying his relative to buy some goods and when both were uploading goods to a taxi, they had a fight with the taxi driver," the security directorate said in a statement.

"The policeman pulled his gun to end the fight but a bullet came out of the gun by mistake, killing the taxi driver."

The taxi driver is 24-year-old Mohamed Ali Ismail, whose body was transferred to Cairo's Ahmed Maher hospital. The general prosecution is investigating the incident.

According to local news reports, El-Darb El-Ahmar residents staged an impromptu protest at the nearby Cairo security directorate.

"A large number of people gathered in an attempt to
catch the policeman but he managed to escape," a security source told Ahram's Arabic news website.

General Khaled Abdel Mataal, the head of the security directorate, met the victim's sister at the directorate to offer his condolences. He promised to arrest the policeman, who is still at large, according to Ahram.

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agnaby
20-02-2016 06:10am
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Mistake?
By mistake or not by mistake, the problem is the fact that the policeman used his gun to solve his personal dispute. I don't know why the security directorate uses such phrase like "by mistake". It is as if the policeman had no intention to use the gun in reality. The thought of the security directorate itself should be reviewed by their upper ranks.
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bob
19-02-2016 10:15pm
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Shot 3 times it's said
OK if he was a taxi driver he probably deserved it but it's hard to see how it was an accident if the policeman shot him 3 times (allegedly).
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Pharaoh
19-02-2016 09:06pm
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rubber bullets
anti-whiteness, liberty. RUBBER BULLETS.
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Sam Enslow
19-02-2016 09:46am
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Training of police
A policeman pulls his gun to end an argument with a taxi driver? There are too many such instances. Perhaps the low ranking police need refresher training on when it is permissible to draw their weapon. All of Egypt is under strain due to economics, but police have a special trust and responsibility. One should not use his power as a policeman to resolve private disputes. The policeman should have lead by example and calmed the situation perhaps by taking another cab.
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