Kerdasa massacre

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Kerdasa massacre
Part of the Post-coup unrest in Egypt
LocationKerdasa, Giza, Egypt
Date14 August 2013
TargetEgyptian National Police
Attack type
Mass murder
WeaponsMachine guns, RPG
Deaths11 policemen
PerpetratorMost likely armed militants released from prisons. Muslim Brotherhood accused by government.

The Kerdasa massacre refers to the killing of eleven security personnel in August 2013 in Kerdasa's main police station, a town in Giza.

The attack[edit]

On 14 August 2013, shortly after the Egyptian security forces launched a violent crackdown and massacre on two protest camps in Cairo where hundreds of supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi were killed, more than fifty militants stormed the police station of Kerdasa killing 11 officers.[1]

According to the criminal investigation reports, about 50 militants and Bedouins militants besieged the station for more than 5 hours, before some masked men shot at the complex with RPGs.[2] The victims' bodies showed signs of torture that might have led to their deaths and others were mutilated.[1] The attackers later moved to the town's only church, chased out the people praying inside, torched it and later painted "we will show you rage and we will make you see terrorism" on one of the building's charred walls.[3]

Aftermath[edit]

On 19 September 2013, as a response to the attack, the Egyptian National Police stormed the village where they clashed with militants. Giza's deputy security chief, Major General Nabil Farrag, was killed during gunfire exchange between the police and the militants.[4] The operation was aired on national television. A daytime curfew was announced during the raid while security officers were searching for the wanted and 188 people were later arrested and referred to court over the killings with charges of terrorism, murder, damaging public property and possession of weapons.[1][5]

On 2 July 2017, the Cairo Criminal court sentenced 80 defendants to life in prison, 34 defendants to 15 years imprisonment, a minor to ten years, acquitted 21 defendants and 20 defendants to death.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Egypt refers 188 to court over Kerdasa police killings".
  2. ^ "Egypt Kerdasa Massacre (Arabic)".
  3. ^ "Vicious Backlash Shakes One Egyptian Town".
  4. ^ "Clashes as Egypt troops swoop on Islamist stronghold near Cairo".
  5. ^ "Eleven more suspects in Kerdasa violence remanded into custody".
  6. ^ "20 defendants sentenced to death in Kerdasa massacre re-trial". Daily News Egypt. 2 July 2017.