Two dead in Egypt prison riot

At least two prisoners were killed and 10 wounded on Thursday when guards opened fire during a riot at a jail near the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, a security official said.

Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 11:16 AM IST

Cairo: At least two prisoners were killed and
10 wounded on Thursday when guards opened fire during a riot at a
jail near the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, a security
official said.
Thousands of inmates began rioting in Damanhur prison,
breaking down cell doors and attempting to escape the
detention facility 150 kilometres (93 miles) north of Cairo,
the official said.

"Two prisoners were killed and at least ten were wounded
by gunshots," he said.

Twelve people were killed in riots at the same prison on
January 28 at the start of the revolt against president Hosni
Mubarak which led to him standing down on February 11, the
official said.
The latest riot came as the head of security of Beheira
province, to which Damanhur belongs, was transfered after
videos appeared on the Internet apparently showing him saying
Egypt`s security forces were still "masters" of the country.

Egypt`s new military rulers, who took power after Mubarak
resigned, have vowed to prosecute any official found guilty of
abuse.

Former interior minister Habib al-Adly is to face trial
on March 5 as part of a large probe into corruption launched
after the uprising.

PTI