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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Policeman kills civilian in quiet Cairo suburb over cup of tea, “riot” ensues

“Riot” ensues after policeman kills civilian near Al Rehab: A policeman shot three people near Al Rehab, a usually quiet Cairo suburb, killing one person. Reuters reports that the policeman opened fired following a dispute over the price of a cup tea. Al Masry Al Youm quotes a source as saying the policeman refused to pay for the cup, while Al Shorouk carries the same story with eyewitness accounts. A number of people protested at the site of the incident “overturning a police vehicle and beating up another policeman at the scene,” and an unspecified number were detained by the police. One unnamed police source told Al Shorouk the shots were fired “accidentally,” but an Interior Ministry spokesman vowed that the perpetrator would be referred to the prosecution. A video of some of the protesters chanting may be viewed here (running time: 1:41)

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