Jan 28, 2015 11:56 AM

Egypt seeks to distance police from protester killing

The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) Egypt has sought to distance the police from the weekend shooting death of a female protester, saying a forensic examination shows she was killed by a type of projectile that is "absolutely" not used by security forces.

A senior official from the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the police, also dismissed as "inconsequential" video clips showing two masked, black-clad policemen pointing their rifles in her direction as gunshots rang out and a voice commanded "fire."

The official, Gamal Mukhtar, said Wednesday that police had no need to use force to disperse the small protest in which the slain activist, 32-year-old mother Shaimaa el-Sabbagh, participated.

He did not explain why police used tear gas to disperse the protest, as stated by the country's top prosecutor.


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