Egyptian police to get 100,000 9mm pistols
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Egyptian police to get 100,000 9mm pistols

Cairo boosts law enforcement capabilities after police complain they can't defend themselves against increased lawlessness

Egyptian riot police beat 48-year-old Hamada Saber after stripping him, and before dragging him into a police van, during clashes next to the presidential palace in Cairo earlier this month (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra)
Egyptian riot police beat 48-year-old Hamada Saber after stripping him, and before dragging him into a police van, during clashes next to the presidential palace in Cairo earlier this month (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra)

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian security official on Saturday said the interior ministry will supply policemen with 100,000 new 9mm pistols, after many complained about a lack of firepower.

The official said the decision was made after studying the demands of policemen who said they could not properly defend themselves against increased lawlessness following the ouster of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak two years ago. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Policemen have gone on strike in recent weeks and protested what they say are poor working conditions and continuous attacks against them by armed thugs.

The move is likely to be criticized by rights groups who say policemen are operating with impunity and using excessive force against protesters.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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