One of the six escapees from Ismailia Future Prison was recaptured by police on Saturday after a jailbreak last week which resulted in the death of an officer.
The fugitive was hiding out in one of his relative’s homes in Sharqeya governorate, according to state media which cited anonymous sources from the Ismailia Security Directorate.
A week ago, six inmates fled the Ismailia Future Prison, rioting as they tried to escape and engaging in an exchange of fire with the police, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior at the time.
A civilian and an officer were killed in the clashes, which were reported to have lasted for six hours. The civilian, Ahmed Rizk, was said to “have been passing by during the incident” while the officer, a major named Mohamed Al-Husseini, was killed as he chased the inmates. A police conscript was also injured.
The six fugitives include three terrorist suspects who were arrested two weeks ago by National Security while trying to smuggle weapons through one of the villages on the borders of Ismailia to North Sinai, allegedly to carry out deadly attacks. The three others were detained for criminal charges, including theft and abduction, Al-Ahram reported.
In the aftermath of the jail-break, several high-ranking security officials in Ismailia were dismissed or transferred to different positions, including the governorate chief of security and his deputy.
Major Essam Saad was appointed as the new security chief, while former officials were transferred to unidentified positions inside the ministry, according to state media reports. The move comes in parallel with ongoing investigations into the escape of the six prisoners.
The inspector for the Ismailia National Security Apparatus was also moved from his position to the National Security headquarters based in Cairo, according to state-run Akhbar Al-Youm last week.
This comes as the Ismailia Prosecution Authority ordered the detention of three police officers and 13 other police conscripts and personnel, state media reported.