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Three police officers detained for 'negligence' in Ismailiya prison break

The prison break by six inmates led to a firefight which killed one bystander and a police major

Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Oct 2016
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Ismailiya prosecution has ordered on Sunday the detention of three police officers for four days pending investigations over a prison break in the governorate last week.

The prosecution is charging the police officers and 11 other police members with "extreme negligence" that lead to the escape of a number of inmates at El-Mostakbal Prison.

On Thursday, six inmates managed to escape from the prison, which serves as temporary detention centre for prisoners who are being tried or retried in nearby courts, after taking possession of a guard's weapon.

An exchange of fire ensued inside the prison between the armed inmates, who received help from outside, and security forces, killing a nearby resident who was caught in crossfire and injurying of five policemen, including a police major who was shot in the head.

The police major died Saturday evening from his injuries.

One of the six inmates who absconded was arrested on Friday and another was shot and killed by police in Ismailiya.

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