Inmate's death reportedly sparks Egypt jail riot

A 63-year-old prisoner died at the jail earlier on Thursday, a security source said.

Inmate's death reportedly sparks Egypt jail riot

World Bulletin / News Desk

A number of inmates were injured on Thursday in a central Egypt jail during a riot ignited by the alleged death of a fellow inmate, a prison source said.

The source said scores of prisoners at Damo jail in the central Egypt province of Fayoum protested against the death of an inmate, smashed some jail doors and chanted slogans against the prison administration.

A major police force moved in to suppress the riot at the prison where hundreds of political detainees are kept, the source said.

The ensuing clashes left several inmates injured, he added.

A 63-year-old prisoner died at the jail earlier on Thursday, a security source said.

He added that the prisoner's death was normal and caused by angina pectoris.

The prisoner's family, however, accused the prison administration of medical negligence.

Yet, Fayoum security chief al-Shafie Mohamed Hassan dismissed reports about the occurrence of riots inside Damo Prison.

"The family of the dead prisoner received his body and buried him," Hassan told Anadolu Agency. "The inmate was an ageing man who died because of angina pectoris," he added.

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