11 arrested in Kerdasa over 2013 violence
Egyptian Security forces - YOUM7/Mahmoud Hefnawy (Archive)

CAIRO: Security forces arrested 11 men Saturday in the town of Kerdasa—an Islamist stronghold near the Giza Plateau—who allegedly participated in the killing of local officers in August 2013, according to Youm7.

After the deadly dispersal of the Islamist Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in on Aug. 14, 2013, Kerdasa was seized by militants who killed 11 police officers at the local police station. Graphic videos of the officers’ dead bodies were uploaded to Youtube after the attack, and the police station was robbed and burned to the ground. In one of the videos, a man shoots the dead body of an officer.

Security forces raided the blue-collar town, famous for textiles, on Sept. 19, 2013, and restored government control of the area. Senior officer Nabil Farag was shot dead in the raid, and his death was caught on camera.

So far, 188 alleged pro-Muslim Brotherhood suspects are being tried for the militant takeover. Their next hearing is on Monday.

Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Rady.

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