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Guards killed scores of inmates in prison siege

Egyptian prison guards killed scores of inmates in an apparent attempt to thwart escapes as law and order collapsed in the days leading up to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

The full extent of the carnage at Al-Qata Prison is only now becoming clear. One prisoner said that inmates had drawn up a list of 153 men killed.

He described how, as the men celebrated the imminent fall of Mr Mubarak, a man standing next to him was hit by gunfire.

"While we were carrying his body to the gates of the prison, the guards shot us again. They even shot the body again."

Human rights groups have estimated the number of dead at al-Qata at 70. The prosecutor general of the area west of Cairo where the prison is located is said to have seen 23 bodies in the morgue on one day alone. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent