Security raids Port Said flat, suspect attempts to launch grenade

A protester in Port Said attempted to throw a grenade at security officers during the course of his arrest on Thursday.

Joint army-police forces raided an apartment in the Zohour neighborhood where suspects in the recent attack on Port Said prison were reportedly hiding. One suspect threatened to blow up a grenade. He pulled the fuse and attempted to throw it, when one police officer stopped him and another opened fire at the suspect.

The suspect was injured and brought to a public hospital under heavy guard. Four other suspects in the raided flat were arrested, including three from Suez.

Forty-six people were killed in Port Said when violence erupted on 26 January, after a court recommended the death sentence for 21 defendants on trial for the killing killing at least 72 Ahly football team fans last February.

President Mohamed Morsy issued a curfew to curb the continued violence in the city. Armed forces are currently overseeing security in Port Said.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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