Nagaa Hammadi policemen strike to protest colleague’s killing

Policemen in the Upper Egyptian town of Nagaa Hammadi staged a strike Wednesday to protest the killing of their colleague by a suspected criminal gang.

Protesting policemen called for better equipment, including newer weapons and armored vehicles, for arresting criminals, adding that they would block railways if their demands weren’t met.

They also refused to meet with local security chief Salah Mazeed, who left the police station through the back gate after a verbal altercation erupted with the protesting policemen.

Some soldiers tried to vandalize the criminal investigations department.

The Revolution Board of Trustees in Qena called in a statement on Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim to dismiss Mazeed in the aftermath of the shooting.

The statement laid responsibility on Mazeed as well as security leaders in the governorate, accusing them of being reluctant to arrest criminals.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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