Policeman killed, 3 injured in armed attack to free prisoners
Prisoners transport vehicle - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: A policeman was killed and three others were injured Saturday after unknown assailants opened fire at prisoners transport vehicle in Cairo-Fayoum road, Youm7 reported.

The assailants tried to help the prisoners to escape during transporting them from a prison at the New Valley governorate, 600 kilometers to the southwest of Cairo.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The victims have been hospitalized and investigations on the incident were opened; the assailants managed to run away.

In March 2014, a police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison and three other officers were sentenced to one year over “causing murder” of 37 prisoners, allegedly belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, while they were being transported in a police vehicle.

The officers threw a tear gas bomb inside the truck and closed the doors, causing those inside to suffocate. None of the prisoners had been yet charged with a crime at the time of their death.

However, the court verdicts have been overruled; a court of misdemeanor for appeals will give its verdicts in their retrial on August 13.

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