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24 Sep 2020 | 08:57 AM UTC

Egypt: Police and inmates killed in breakout attempt at Tora Prison (Cairo governorate) September 23

Egypt News Alert

Police and inmates killed in breakout attempt at Tora Prison (Cairo governorate) on September 23; expect heightened security

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/23/2020, 11:00 PM until 9/26/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Tora Prison (Cairo governorate), Cairo


Three police officers and four inmates were killed during a breakout attempt at the heavily fortified Tora Prison in Cairo governorate on Wednesday, September 23. Authorities have not released further details regarding the escape attempt and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Reports suggest that the four inmates had been sentenced to death for terrorism-related offences, including attacks on the security forces.

A heightened security presence in the vicinity of the prison, with associated disruptions to transport, is to be expected in the near term. 


Those in the area are advised to monitor developments and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.


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