Wednesday, February 23, 2011
CAIRO Feb 23 (Reuters) – About six vehicles were set on fire outside the Interior Ministry in Cairo on Wednesday, and witnesses said the blazes were caused by disaffected police officers demanding their jobs back.
Officials were not immediately available for comment. A security source earlier said a fire had erupted at a building used to store criminal evidence near to the Interior Ministry.
Tanks and soldiers are still at intersections in Egypt’s capital after Hosni Mubarak was toppled in an 18-day uprising during which the ruling headquarters was burned down in Cairo and police stations were set on fire throughout the country.
Plain-clothed policemen and soldiers cordoned off the area around the ministry on Wednesday, pushing away hundreds of onlookers who came to see the burning vehicles.
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