Alexandria officials investigated for massacring protesters

Alexandria's prosecutor office began investigating of top Alexandria security officials on Thursday on charges of ordering the murder of scores of protesters during Egypt's pro-democracy uprising that started on 25 January. 

The suspects are Mohamed Ibrahim, head of security in Alexandria; Wael Al-Komi, head of the investigative police unit in the Raml 2 district; Mutaz al-Askalani, assistant police investigator in the Gomruk district; and Mohammad Saafan, assistant police investigator in the Montaza 2 district.

All face a number of complaints from citizens, including accusations that they permitted firing at children during the protests.

The prosecutor's office in Alexandria issued a decision a few days ago to arrest the officials, and the were brought in for investigation late last night. The arrests were made amid the armed forces' tightening security measures. 

A rights organization had said on Wednesday that 120 people were killed in Alexandria alone during the uprising. A total of at least 684 people are believed to have lost their lives nationwide, most of whom were shot by Egyptian police.

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