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Egyptians Become Vigilantes as Looting Spreads

Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 03:44 PM



Residents in the Egyptian capital of Cairo have set up neighborhood groups armed with guns, clubs and knives as looting spread across the capital, despite the deployment of army troops to restore order, Al Jazeera reports.

Witnesses also reported gangs of youths, some on motorbikes, roaming the streets, looting supermarkets, shopping malls and shops on Saturday.

Some of the gangs also entered wealthy residential areas of the capital, and gunfire could be heard in the city centre as well as outlying districts.

Residents also said that banks were broken into and hundreds of young men carted away televisions, fans and stereo equipment looted from the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) near the Egyptian Museum, before setting the building alight.

The looting has prompted residents in some neighbourhoods, including the upscale Zamalek district in central Cairo, to set up vigilante groups to protect private property. Outside some apartment blocks, guards armed with machine guns had taken up posts.


Read the entire story at aljazeera.net

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