Cairo - Thirty-six Islamist prisoners were killed in Egypt
on Sunday during an attempted prison break, the official MENA news agency
"A security official has confirmed that 36 Muslim
Brotherhood elements were killed during an attempt to escape," the agency
The agency reported that "unknown gunmen" had
tried to aid the prisoners, who kidnapped a police officer.
Earlier, the interior ministry said the inmates rioted while
they were being transferred to the north Cairo prison of Abu Zaabal, and that
police were "dealing with the situation".
The Brotherhood-led Anti-Coup Alliance, which is pressing
for the reinstatement of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, accused
police of killing the prisoners as they were being moved.
"The Anti-Coup Alliance obtained evidence of the
assassination of at least 38 anti-coup detainees in a truck transferring them
to Abu Zaabal prison today," the group said in a statement.
"They were reportedly assassinated in their truck with
live ammunition and tear gas fired from windows."
A MENA said later that trucks carrying 612 prisoners came
under attack by armed men, and "a number of prisoners" were killed in
Police and the military sent reinforcements around the
prison, the news agency reported.