4 of 8 prisoners arrested after breaking Damietta prison
Prison - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Four of eight prisoners who escaped from Kafr Saad Central Prison in Damietta were arrested Friday, Youm7 reported.

The detainees, who are jailed on criminal charges, assaulted their guard while collecting trash from the cells. Damietta Security Directorate set up a security cordon on the entrances and exits of Kafr Saad town to arrest the convicts, according to Youm7.

On Aug. 8, a policeman was killed and three others were injured 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.

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

In September 2014, 16 prisoners escaped form Mahalla police station in Gharbia, also after an officer opened a cell to remove the garbage. The majority of the detainees were arrested on their way out of Gharbia.

During the January 25 evolution in 2011, several prisons in Egypt were raided by armed groups, freeing hundreds of prisoners, including members of Hamas, Hezbollah and Muslim Brotherhood group.

Former President Mohamed Morsi, who was jailed at the time of the revolution on no formal indictment, left Wadi al-Natroun prison after the raid. Morsi and other members of the Brotherhood were sentenced to death over the prison break.

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