CAIRO — At least 10 prisoners were wounded on Wednesday when guards opened fire on inmates during a riot at a jail near the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, a security official said.
Thousands of inmates began rioting in Damanhur prison, breaking down cell doors and attempting to escape the detention facility 150 kilometres (93 miles) north of Cairo, the official said.
“At least 10 prisoners suffered gunshot wounds,” he said.
The riot came as the head of security of Beheira province, to which Damanhur belongs, was transfered after videos appeared on the Internet apparently showing him saying Egypt’s security forces were still “masters” in the country.
Egypt’s new military rulers, who took power after the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak following nationwide protests, have vowed to prosecute any official found guilty of abuse.
Former interior minister Habib al-Adly is to face trial on March 5, as part of a large probe into corruption launched after the uprising.