Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

18 January 2013

Egypt: PM, Interior Minister At Military Funeral of Assiut Police Officer

Prime Minister Hisham Kandil and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim on Friday attended the military funeral of police officer Ahmed Saeed Abdallah Youssef who was killed on Thursday in a crackdown on criminals in Assiut.

Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb also attended the funeral.

Police officers Ahmed Youssef and Bassem Adel Mohamed Sorour were killed while a third and a conscript were injured during a security crackdown on Assiut's Arab al-Kalabat.

Eight criminals were killed in the crackdown.

The military funeral for Youssef was held at Cairo's al-Shorta Mosque following the Friday noon prayer.

A number of Sorour's colleagues said he asked a group of them early on Thursday, before the crackdown, to not hold a military funeral for him in case of his death and requested that his body be delivered to his family in Alexandria, al-Ahram Gate reported.

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