Ministry of Interior fire out

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

A fire which broke out in a building outside the interior ministry last week was reportedly caused by former low-ranking policemen protesting for better work conditions.

According to a communique from the Supreme Military Council, which has ruled Egypt since former President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, the fire was localized to an adjacent administration building.

An unnamed security official told AFP that the low-ranking policemen hurled firebombs at the building,

Egyptian radio reported that several vehicles, including cars used by the ministry, were damaged by the fire.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which was quickly put out by the local fire department.

At press time, there were unconfirmed reports that the protesters, numbering no more than 50, had been arrested by the military.