Jail break attempt thwarted in Delta’s Tanta
Police and prisoner's relatives gathering outside Delta's Tanta police station after inmates tried to escape on Monday evening, April 18, 2016. The Security forces thwarted the jail break attempt in Gharbia governoarte. YOUM7/Mohamed Ezz

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces thwarted Monday evening a jail break attempt in Delta’s Tanta city in Gharbia governorate, Youm7 reported.

Some of detainees set fire to blankets and bed sheets inside their cells to escape from the Tanta police station; however, firefighting vehicles put it out, while 10 ambulances arrived at the station to treat the injured prisoners, said Ibrahim al-Sharqawy, Minister of Interior Aide.

“The inmates quarreled with each other and locked the prison door from inside to prevent the police officers from entering; six of them were injured,” Sharqawy said.

The police station was cordoned while side streets were closed after the detainees’ relatives mobbed outside the station, trying to storm it.

On Aug. 8, 2015, a policeman was killed and three others were injured after unknown assailants opened fire at a prisoners transport vehicle on the Cairo-Fayoum road. In September 2014, 16 prisoners escaped from the Mahalla police station in Gharbia, 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 Revolution in 2011, several prisoners were stormed and prisoners escaped nationwide.

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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