Egypt man critically injured after driving away with police officer

Image copyright AFP Image caption Shein Jaberi was shot after driving away with a police officer inside his vehicle An Egyptian man is in critical condition after driving away with a police officer inside…

Egypt man critically injured after driving away with police officer

Image copyright AFP Image caption Shein Jaberi was shot after driving away with a police officer inside his vehicle

An Egyptian man is in critical condition after driving away with a police officer inside his vehicle, according to police.

The police officer was in a police car at the time the incident occurred.

Online reports said the driver refused to let the officer go, prompting an exchange of fire which left one suspect dead.

Such a response is common in Egypt, where police have to protect themselves in the event of physical attack.

All highways are passable in Egypt, but the country suffers from a high crime rate.

In 2009, an Egyptian official was abducted and held hostage for six hours before being rescued.

In 2015, a man fired shots in front of two police stations in one night, killing one policeman.

Nobody was hurt in either attack.

Image copyright AP Image caption Last year two police were killed in a mass kidnapping by drug dealers in Qena

The latest shooting took place on Saturday night on the outskirts of the town of Sir, where some homes are surrounded by a 15ft fence.

The officer entered the car with the suspect after the vehicle’s registration sticker had been removed.

Shortly after the car was driven away, the police officer called emergency services, saying the car was headed for Shubra Al-Kheima, which is one of the capital’s most dangerous districts.

His colleagues saw the car as it approached and fired shots into the vehicle.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Last year, Egypt launched an operation to fight the country’s skyrocketing crime rates

It is not clear if the suspect was wearing a bulletproof vest or whether he had other weapons.

Two shooting scenes were subsequently found at the scene, according to the state news agency, saying they showed two police officers shot by the suspect.

Egypt’s police have been the target of several attacks over the past few months.

Last November, two police officers were killed and two others wounded in a car bombing in the coastal city of Ismailia.

Three days later a bomb detonated in the Alexandria district of Dura, killing four officers.

In December, a man was sentenced to death after running over and killing a police officer.

In February, 15 people were killed after a motorbike terrorist drove a vehicle into a busy intersection in Cairo.

Last year, authorities launched an operation to fight the country’s skyrocketing crime rates.

The Interior Ministry has also announced a new “attitude programme” – a scheme which aims to get police officers to stop pointing guns at people and respond to every threat before a confrontation can start.

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