File Photo: Egypt s Ministry of Interior (Photo: Ahram)
On Sunday, some social media accounts and TV channels affiliated with the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood shared a video purportedly showing a verbal confrontation between residents of the village of Shalqam in Bani Mazar province in Minya and police forces following the death of the citizen.
In its statement, the interior ministry said the man, a drug dealer who was facing a sentence of 19 years in jail for eight convictions on dealing narcotics charges, died after a shootout with police.
Sensing an ambush for his arrest by the authorities, the man opened fire at the police who returned fire, injuring the culprit in his left arm, the statement explained.
The man was transferred to a hospital for treatment but died there, added the statement.
The authorities seized a quantity of Hashish and a firearm found on the man, it said.
The authorities also arrested three other individuals holding a quantity of narcotics purchased from said individual, according to the statement.
The public prosecution has not issued any statements on the incident yet.