Egypt: 36 killed in Brotherhood escape attempt
By MAGGIE MICHAEL August 18, 2013 2:38PM
Friends of Ammar Badie, 38, killed Friday by Egyptian security forces during clashes in Ramses Square, and also son of Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader Mohammed Badie, comfort each other while attending his burial in Cairo's Katameya district, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Egypt increased security at the Supreme Constitutional Court building ahead of planned mass rallies by supporters of the country's ousted President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
Updated: August 18, 2013 2:38PM
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s official news agency says 36 people were killed when Muslim Brotherhood detainees tried to escape from a prison truck convoy in northern Cairo.
The agency said that gunmen exchanged fire Sunday night with guards of the trucks carrying more than 600 detainees rounded up in earlier street violence between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
The official MENA news agency described the detainees and the gunmen as belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, which Morsi belongs to as well. The news agency said detainees were being transferred to Abu Zaabal prison in northern Cairo when the attack happened.
The official website for Egyptian state television reported that security forces fired tear gas and exchanged gunfire with the attackers.