CAIRO: A wanted defendant labeled as dangerous was killed by the police in a gun battle with the police Wednesday in Qalyubia; he was the main suspect in the murder of an officer, according to a police statement.
Mohamed Wahid, 33, had escaped from Abu Zaabal Prison in January 2011 during massive jailbreaks across the country, the statement said.
After Qalyubia Security Directorate located Wahid, who was wanted for murder, kidnapping, drug dealing, arms trading and other crimes, in a confrontation with the police that lasted for hours, Wahid and his gang killed Lieutenant Colonel Mostafa Lotfy March 3.
In Wednesday’s raid on Wahid’s hiding spot, he reportedly initiated the fire; a machine gun, a pistol, ammunition, 250 grams of heroin and 74,000 EGP ($8,200,) were found with him, the statement added.
Wahid was already sentenced to death once and to life in prison four times, in addition to other prison terms, according to the Interior Ministry’s statement.
In late February, four policemen were killed in Qalyubia after a group of drug dealer shot at them. Qalyubia is located on the outskirts of Cairo.
Areas in Qalyubia such Khanka, Gaafra, and the Golden Triangle have been reported as crime hotspots recently.